“We aim to help these community pre-schools become a centre of learning and become model community pre-schools for the rest of the country,” she said.Datin Sri Umayal also highlighted the importance of creating a solid foundation with quality pre-school education to enable children in their academic journey. “It is ever more critical to assist children from disadvantaged homes where parents and family members are not able to teach or guide the children in any way. We firmly believe that helping these children at this stage in their life will in the long run result in facilitating the upliftment of their community,” she added. PPIGM President Punitha Mokhan said the salary grant from RYTHM Foundation has motivated the teachers to continue their work. “Some pre-school operators had no choice but to face the grim reality of halting operations. This would have been the case for these 15 pre-schools if not for the timely intervention of RYTHM Foundation,” she said.
“The salary grant has enabled the pre-schools to continue operation and concentrate on providing quality education to the children who really need it because we believe that by laying the foundation for these children, we are able to uplift them from their current socio-economic level,” she added.She said the PPIGM has also committed to take all measures needed to upskill themselves and to work with relevant stakeholders to continue running their pre-schools effectively. Last year, the Foundation launched the IMPACT (I Made a Pact to Change) initiative aimed at helping at-risk adolescent boys from disadvantaged families. READ: RYTHM Foundation & MySkills to provide skills training to at-risk boys through IMPACT Under the programme, 25 boys are being trained with vocational skills in areas such as electrical wiring, maintenance, and other fundamental life skills that will enable them to transition into higher-paying jobs upon graduation.