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9 Sep 2021

APU’s New Collaboration Paves the Way for Underprivileged Youths to Thrive in a Digital World

Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) has reached another milestone when they signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Pusat Kreatif Kanak-Kanak Tuanku Bainun (PKKTB) to provide opportunities for underprivileged youths and help them benefit from the growing need for technology and innovation in the current ICT industry.

Under the patronage of Yang Maha Mulia Raja Permaisuri Tuanku Bainun, PKK Tuanku Bainun is a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide a haven for children and youth regardless of income, gender, religion, language, or ability to gain access to creative learning while exploring and developing an appreciation of the arts, talents, and cultures of diverse communities.

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The virtual MoA signing ceremony which took place on 24 August 2021 was witnessed by APU Vice-Chancellor Dr Hari Narayanan and PKK Tuanku Bainun Director and Treasurer YBhg Dato’ Wan Mohamed Yaacob bin Wan Salaidin as well as other honourable guests from both parties.

Both PKKTB and APU Integrated Sustainability & Urban Creativity Centre (ISUC) will work together to address issues that coincide with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) such as to ensure healthy lives and well-being, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

APU Vice-Chancellor Dr. Hari Narayanan emphasised that APU aims to give back to society and the partnership with PKKTB will allow for universal access to quality education and training regardless of background.

“We aim to focus on empowering and guiding SPM graduates from the B40 household in finding their career pathways and enhancing their employability skills. These include academic workshops such as computer literacy classes, CV & Cover Letter writing classes, mock interview sessions, and career opportunity guidance. We are also planning to promote well-being programmes and services, an area which is so relevant especially during this pandemic.”

As part of the collaboration, underprivileged children, those fleeing persecution as well as children with special needs will have access to a series of webinars and activities promoting mental health and developing resilience during the pandemic in order to foster goals related to their well-being.

In addition, both parties aim to strive for sustainable innovations to promote awareness of Sustainability, Green Environment and Technology. This is in line with the goals of General Manager of PKK Tuanku Bainun, Puan Wan Aminah binti Wan Suffian, who is keen  to provide new opportunities and experiences to underprivileged children and youth beyond creative arts, highlighting that this will instil values and love for nature in the next generation.

With the MoA in place, the two organisations will demonstrate their mutual endeavour towards the benefit of children and youth, allowing them to learn and explore while they find their footing in the world as valuable citizens.

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