By G.K. Cheryl Brenda
|Source: Sxc hu|
A banking group promotes proficiency in English among primary schoolchildren by sponsoring the NiE and Step Up pullouts to 65 schools nationwide.
AS THE global language for trade and commerce, proficiency in English is an essential requirement in the workforce today, and it is important for students to master the language to be competitive globally.
“Having mastery of the English language prepares students for the rapidly changing globalised world,” said EON Bank Bhd senior executive vice president and Group Business and Investment Banking head Peter Y C Chow. Chow, who presented a sponsorship worth RM68,640 towards The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) pullouts at SK Cheras Indah, Kuala Lumpur recently, said it was the group’s mission to develop youth to be better equipped for the future. “We hope to change the world through our youth,” he added.
The Star deputy group chief editor (I) David Yeoh received the mock cheque on behalf of the newspaper. Under the sponsorship, 65 schools nationwide will receive the NiE and Step Up pullouts throughout the year. NiE is an English language supplement catered to primary and secondary school students, while Step Up is designed specifically for students in Chinese primary schools. Chow said newspapers were an excellent tool for improving the command of students’ English. He added that NiE fostered learning in a fun manner and this could increase and sustain students’ interest in the language.
Chow also said English was the lingua franca of the banking industry, adding that having a good grasp of the language was essential as it was the medium of instruction for international and global transactions.