“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others” - Mahatma Gandhi
Following its ethos of giving back, the BAC Education Group has transformed the lives of more than 500,000 people from B40 communities at PPRs, UNHCR refugees, migrant workers, persons with disabilities, Orang Asli Settlements, to islanders in Sabah and in households headed by women. This spirit of service to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, stems from our “Impact” pillar, one of the four pillars of the “Learn Different” philosophy.
Learn Different is the ultimate next gen holistic education experience designed to prepare you for the challenges of tomorrow. The 4 pillars (Learn, Play, Work, and Impact) have been curated to help you become the best version of yourself and own your future.
“Impact” is about making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate in our communities. Every student in every one of our colleges and university college has the opportunity to work on community service projects in their General Studies Subject (Mata Pelajaran Umum). To date, hundreds of our students have made an impact in the less fortunate by giving back through community service.
Many people are not aware of the trials and challenges faced by the marginalized and vulnerable communities in their midst. More still are not aware about what they can do to help.
So initiatives and class community projects give every student the opportunity to serve. In serving in the numerous projects, our students have not only brought relief through their efforts, but their experience and exposure has taught them compassion, empathy and the immense value of giving back.
Over the past two years, the BAC Education Group has launched 10 significant projects to bring relief and recovery to vulnerable communities in Malaysia:
FreeMakan was a Food Aid Initiative, which was launched in 2021 to help families in sustain themselves with basic provisions during the MCO and EMCO. To date, more than 120, 000 individuals have received help in the form of basic food necessities from funds received in cash and kind amounting to a value of RM 1.65 million.
2. Klang Flood Relief
Our Flood Relief Campaign was launched in December 2021 to help flood victims in Selangor and Pahang. We managed to raise RM 535,000 in cash and kind to provide humanitarian assistance to more than 3800 families. Student volunteers from all the colleges in the Group were involved in the inventory management, distribution and logistics of flood aid and in the cleaning of flood victims’ houses and surrounding areas.
The COVID Fund for Government Hospitals launched in August 2021. It raised RM 427,000 that was channeled to help 15 Government Hospitals in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. The funds were used to purchase oxygen concentrators, suction units, syringe pumps, beds and vital sign monitors for Government Hospitals. Our students were involved by approaching pharmaceutical companies, suppliers, corporate organisations and foundations. This collaborative effort from our students and employees managed to alleviate the pain and suffering of COVID-19 patients during a time of crisis.
Sheroes to address Gender Equality was launched in October 2021. We take pride in being an entity that embraces diversity, equality and inclusiveness. We believe that gender equality is an important focus area under this pillar of “Impact”. Sheroes addresses 5 key pillars for the development and wellbeing of women. Webinars and workshops are conducted regularly to create awareness and educate students, women and the general public on domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual and reproductive health, online child sexual exploitation and abuse and economic empowerment of women. To date, our efforts have resulted more than 288 women have been trained on issues in Gender Equality.
Reach.Out addresses Mental Health Awareness is an initiative under the UN Sustainable Development Goal on Good Health and Well-Being. Reach.Out oraganises and manages mental health awareness talks to the public. Centered on addressing the issues of anxiety, stress, depression and suicide, Reach.Out was established during the dark days of pandemic to help people cope with the crisis. To date, more than 300 people have been helped and trained on mental health awareness.
6. Entrepreneurship Development Programmes
Entrepreneurship Development Programmes to help individuals start small business ventures and to expand existing businesses. This addresses the UN Sustainable Development Goal which is committed to decent work and economic growth. To date, more than 6000 individuals have been trained under BAC’s Project Entrepreneur, Projek Usahawan and Economic Empowerment of HER. The workshops are conducted both in Bahasa Malaysia and English to cater to the needs of B20 and B40 women entrepreneurs and the M40 professionals.
In October 2021, BAC launched 1 Million Devices to address digital poverty in the country. “No child must be left behind in accessibility to education,” was the Founder’s mantra and till today, we distributed tablets and refurbished laptops to school children from vulnerable communities in W.P K.L and Selangor. There are more than 2.4 million school children in Malaysia who have no access to a digital device and technology. It is the aspiration of BAC Education Group to give out 1 Million Devices to deserving school children all over Malaysia over the next 10 years. Students and staff get involved by identifying and qualifying needy children and visiting communities to hand out the devices.
8. Kindergarten for Orang Asli Settlements
In addressing education for the minority groups in the country, we launched the “Kindergarten for Orang Asli Settlements” in January 2022. The first Pilot Project will be launched on 17th March 2022 in collaboration with SUKA Society at Kg. Serigala in Kuala Kubu Bahru. The kindergarten will initially serve 25 children between the ages of 4 to 6. And The Balai Raya at Kg. Serigala will be equipped with a Mini Library and all essentials for pre-school teaching and learning.
9. BACking B40
BACking B40 focuses on creating a social safety net for households headed by women at PPRs. This initiative was launched in October 2021 and it connected 100 women at the PPR Pekan Batu to LPPKN, INSKEN, Pelikan and Yayasan Sejahtera. Members of this community received mammogram checks, cervical cancer tests, and stationery for their school children. They also participated in teen and entrepreneurship development programmes.
BACFlix offers free online revision lessons for students in SPM, IGCSE and Standard 1 to Form 3. To date, more than 205,000 students have been offered free tuition through our virtual learning platform. This is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goal on Quality Education; to ensure education for all, leaving no child behind in their access to education.
Projects like these are an ongoing feature in the BAC Education Group calendar, and have been since our inception. Our efforts in giving back have been recognised by ASEAN culminating in being awarded the ASEAN Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility for 5 consecutive years. We do not view these wins as feathers in our cap. They affirm that our effort in bringing relief to the underprivileged and vulnerable communities, with the participation of our students is a move in the right direction. For in our students are leaders of the future and it is up to us to groom them to become wholesome individuals, not just to excel in education, but to embrace society and play a role in the transformation of the less fortunate.