STANDARD Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad recently set up a computer laboratory for Pusat Jagaan Kanak-Kanak Istimewa Sri Eden (Sri Eden Centre for Children with Special Needs) under its charitable arm Standard Chartered Trust Fund (SCTF).
SCTF chairman and the bank’s managing director and chief executive officer Osman Morad said that there were limited resources as well as limited learning and development facilities for children with special needs.
“We aim to provide support for special needs children in this centre by providing them with learning enhancement programmes,” said Osman.
“We have been in Malaysia for 136 years and as part of the community, we appreciate the trust we have received, and are committed to repaying that trust in kind.”
He also added that it could be costly to implement a learning programme that provided trained teachers for such children.
The centre in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, managed by the Sri Eden Welfare Association of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, is for children with diverse learning difficulties.
The new computer lab at the centre is equipped with desktop computers, learning software and other education materials that will encourage and enhance learning opportunities for the more than 38 special needs children.
The lab is also installed with the Fitzroy programme, a systematic phonics method that teaches special needs children how to read quickly while having fun.
This international learning method helps to increase the writing and reading comprehension of special needs children.
The association’s president Ron Hee Yoon Choy said that special needs children deserved the same learning development opportunities.
“We are very grateful to benefit from this programme … it will inevitably help to enhance the programmes catered towards helping children cope with their learning difficulties,” he said.
This initiative was made possible through the SCTF’s Youth, Health and Education programme.
This programme was first introduced in 2009 and saw the bank setting up a similar laboratory for Persatuan Dyslexia Malaysia two years ago.
To date, SCTF has disbursed RM95,730 benefiting more than 200 special needs children.