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NBOS Brings Hope For Children Of KL's Homeless

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PUTRAJAYA: Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK), which has been in operation since 2013 as a result of the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) approach adopted by the Education Ministry (KPM) has brought much hope for children of the homeless in inner Kuala Lumpur.

The Ministry's Human Resource Management Division assistant secretary Aliffy Khairul Fizam Abdul Adus said the school was set up to reduce the drop out rate among children of homeless people in the federal capital.

"Using the NBOS concept, KPM forged collaboration with various government agencies and corporate bodies including the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council(MAIWP), National Anti-Drugs Agency (AADK) and Telekom Malaysia (TM) for the purpose.

"KPM provided the human resources and infrastructure. MAIWP provided teachers for KAFA (Kelas Agama and Fardhu Ain religious classes) while AADK advisory services on the dangers of drugs," he told Bernama on the sidelines of the NBOS Open Day at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here today.

The open day is one of six core programmes of the 2016 NBOS International Week which ends on Aug 20.

Aliffy Khairul Fizam said KPM used the NBOS concept to refurbish the old Kuala Kumpur Education Department building in Kampung Baru which had been left idle for more than 10 years, thus reducing the cost in the setting up of the SBJK.

The school, which aims to produce skilled and self-reliant individuals, is managed by the ministry's Day Schools Management Division. It caters to children as young as four up to those as old as 19 years.

Currently 132 students are enrolled at SBJK.

Before it was set up, studies by KPM's Education Planning and Research Development Division found that about 300 children of homeless people around the Chow Kit area in the city did not have any formal education.

"We want to provide a conducive learning environment so that they can pick up knowledge and skills to become productive citizens in the hope that they can also bring their parents out of their predicament," he said.

Norita Masek, a teacher at the school, said some of the students had gone on to become kindergarten teachers and religious teachers.

"And today, four SBJK students enrolled at Akademi Saga in Shah Alam for skills training with financial assistance provided by a NGO," she said.

- Bernama