Unimas community programme gives UPSR students a goal to work up to
By Jude Toyat
With 804 students from 13 primary schools in the Pantai Damai state constituency sitting for their UPSR exams this year, it isn’t too early to begin exposing them to higher education.
Students at Kampung Pasir Pandak and Kampung Pasir Panjang will be taking part in a community project organised by Unimas Public and Community Health Department called ‘Komuniti Sihat Anak Cemerlang’.
Several structured activities will be implemented over the course of two years including parenting seminars, Literacy and Numeracy Screening (LINUS), health promotions, English literacy camp, UPSR clinic, and youth-oriented programmes aimed at encouraging community involvement with Unimas while helping them improve academic performance in that area.
“This year, Biro Pendidikan Pantai Damai will hold a smart partnership with Unimas to ensure the schools can directly contact Unimas at their convenience,” said Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi during the officiating ceremony held at SK Pasir Pandak on May 9.
Several programmes have been planned to increase student exposure and awareness to higher education options.
“One of them is to give an insight on what university life feels like at their young age. These pupils will be brought to Unimas for a visit in groups. These UPSR candidates will also have the chance to stay overnight during the weekend there while doing several activities planned for them during their stays,” he said.
It is hoped that over the next two to three months the students will see Unimas undergraduates as rolemodels to aspire to and drive them to succeed in their examinations.
“This programme has brought expertise from Unimas to put into practice in the community through the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) – Linking Unimas to community, increasing visibility of Unimas in Sarawak especially to rural areas,” he said.
Unimas collaborated with other organisations including Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA), Village Security and Development Committees of Kampung Pasir Pandak and Kampung Pasir Panjang, SK Pasir Pandak Parent-Teacher Association , Rural Transformation Centre (RTC) Buntal, Kuching Divisional Health Office, Kuching District Education Office, and National Population and Family Development Board (LPPKN).
Meanwhile, on Borneo Samariang Resort City (BSRC) to be developed and operated by Selangor-based developer and resort operator Sentoria Group Berhad (Sentoria), he said the construction on the 500 acres of land will begin this year end and will take approximately three years to complete.
Two hundred acres of land in Bandar Samariang have been earmarked for resort development that will include a water theme park, safari park, river cruises, resort accommodation and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) facilities while 300 acres of land will be used for mixed development of commercial and urban housing.
Sentoria investment holding company, engages in the property development, and leisure and hospitality businesses in Malaysia. The company was incorporated in 1998 and is headquartered in Seri Kembangan. Sentoria is a subsidiary of Sentoria Capital Sdn. Bhd.
The integrated resort city to be built in Bandar Baru Samariang is the first project by the property developer and resort operator here. It is also a joint venture with Projek Bandar Samariang Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS).
“It will offer world class theme park attractions including a water park with water slides. There will also be a mangrove or wetland park to promote our dolphins, proboscis monkeys, and crocodile.
“Apart from enriching the tourism offering here in the Damai area that offers quality leisure experience, it will also help to create about 400 job opportunities especially in the hospitality industry for the local community,” he said.