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Allianz Malaysia Berhad established a Community Empowerment Centre (CEC) in Pulau Tuba, Langkawi with the hopes of bringing education and empowerment to the locals. This initiative was achievable with the partnership of Science of Life Studies 24/7 (SOLS 24/7), an award-winning organisation that is committed to serving underserved communities.   

The CEC is an on-site learning centre which serves as a hub for educational and community based programmes for the nearly 5,000 Pulau Tuba community. The main focus of this centre will be improving the English language competency and digital literacy of the students to enhance their employability, academic results and social awareness. 

“This project was in the making for quite some time, so to finally see it come to light is definitely something to be proud of. We have found dedicated teachers who will stay on the island to facilitate the programmes and make sure our objectives are met. We hope that the community will be as engaged in this initiative as we are and will take up this opportunity for education and empowerment,” said Zakri Khir, Chief Executive Officer, Allianz Malaysia Berhad. 

This initiative is unique because the programmes are tailor-made according to the age group and interest of the individuals. Community members aged between 7-70 years old will be able to reap the benefits of this education and empowerment programme in two cohorts of 50 students that will spread across six months (per group) beginning July 2019.

“Giving the underprivileged community the opportunity to get an education is the best possible way to help them improve their status and face the challenges ahead. Nothing is as powerful as knowledge – as the saying goes, give a man a fish you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime, “added Zakri.

Allianz Malaysia is also sponsoring the monthly travel allowance of 24 school teachers on the island to conduct extra classes for UPSR and SPM students from four schools in Pulau Tuba and also sponsoring an intensive tuition programme for 70 form four and five students called Program Pintar Harapan Pulau Tuba in collaboration with Yayasan Pelajaran MARA.   

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