Visit to SJK (C) Dengkil

Principal Wong (with tie) posing with all participants

The Department of Soft Skills Competency (DSSC) organised a Chinese New Year Celebration at SJK (C) Dengkil under the UTAR New Village Community Project on 29 January 2016. The purpose of the event was to have some interaction with the students and to learn more about some problems faced by the school.

Thirty-four passionate UTAR students, together with two members from the UTAR Alumni Association of Malaysia, and two DSSC staff formed the UTAR visitors. The 34 UTARians came from the Centre for Foundation Studies, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science, Faculty of Accountancy and Management, and Faculty of Creative Industries.

Upon reaching Dengkil, the visitors received a warm welcome from the principal and the teachers of the school. Eighty-nine pupils from Year Six participated in the activities such as crossword puzzles and lantern-making. The pupils were divided into groups, each led by two UTARians. The school compound was then beautified with the artwork and decorations made by those 12-year-olds.  

According to the school’s principal, Wong See Lee, the issues faced by the school are mainly termite infestations, flash floods after rain, poor heat insulation in certain classrooms throughout the daytime, and aging furniture.

Wong mentioned that there had been fundraising activities from the school as well as appeals to the government. “I have done everything I could but none of them were really effective as we need a large amount of funds,” said Wong.

Wong sincerely hoped that this 80-year-old school will soon have enough funds to kickstart some necessary renovation and reconstruction for the sake of the growing student population. Any charitable member of the public who is inspired to contribute financially to the school may contact the principal at 03-87688259.

Students posing with their puzzles

Students hanging lanterns which they learnt from the UTARians around the school

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