ALAM EMPOWERS INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND CHILDREN THROUGH ‘RUMAH BACA’ EDUCATION INITIATIVE
ALAM, a foundation spearheaded by Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad (BPMB) to advocate for climate action and community empowerment, has demonstrated its commitment to the welfare of indigenous people, through the "Pei Bak Sekolah" project, which translates to "let's go to school" in the Jahai language.
Seeking to promote women empowerment and early education amongst children, especially on environmental conservation, the project is a collaboration with the Perak State Parks Corporation (PSPC). The project, piloted at Kampung Tan Hain, Royal Belum, entails developing “Rumah Baca Alam”, an early childhood environmental education centre for the pre-schoolers, which will be taught by young women from the community who completed secondary school education.
Recently, the ALAM team joined a “train the teacher” 3-day workshop involving 5 Orang Asli prospective teacher candidates. ALAM also took the opportunity to visit several villages in Royal Belum to contribute food and personal hygiene products to 20 families.
ALAM continues to expand on this initiative and plans to involve more BPMB staff as well as external partners in the future.