PACE - the Programme for After Class Enrichment - is a collaboration between The EDGE Education Foundation (TEEF), Ernst and Young and Taylor’s University. The project was launched following a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between all three parties in April of 2013. Under this understanding, students from Taylor’s University provided one-to-one coaching and tutorial assistance to school children in SMK (L) Methodist Sentul and SMK Convent Sentul. The programme, designed with the help of the Boston Consultancy Group, provided academic support in English, Mathematics, and Bahasa Malaysia. This project provides opportunities for her students to use their present and newly acquired skills in real-life situations and learn the importance of contributing to the larger community of which they are a part.
"We want to invest in students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are not making the grade in school and who are at high risk of dropping out or continuing to do poorly in higher forms," said TEEF CEO Dorothy Teoh. "This programme aims to help these students break out of the cycle of poverty by inspiring them to complete their secondary education, and helping them to develop the literacy and numeracy skills needed for work and life," she added.
Ernst and Young’s Rauf Rashid noted "Education brings real benefits to communities, and access to education creates opportunities for individuals to excel and thrive. For their part Ernst & Young staff will design and teach a module on financial literacy and basic entrepreneurial skills to PACE students. “We are very supportive of programmes like PACE which aim to ensure underperforming students from disadvantaged backgrounds have the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in business and in life,” Rauf added.
Kelly Tee Pei Leng, of Taylor’s University who organized this project reflected on the student take aways: “All these projects serve as a catalyst for students to understand and appreciate people from a wide range of background and life-situations. It also fosters a culture of service and civic participation among students in becoming community advocates and fulfilling needs in the communities they serve."