Sharp Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Sharp Malaysia) recently donated RM383,827 worth of electronic appliances as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative in collaboration with Ministry of Education (MOE) to rebuild schools that were affected by flood across several districts in Selangor and Pahang.

The donation handover ceremony was officiated by YB Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon, Deputy Minister of Education and participated by Tuan Haji Paridon Bin Sahid, Timbalan Pengarah Sektor Pengintegrasian Teknologi Pendidikan, BSTP, Datin Nor Faridah Binti A. Bakar and Tuan Haji Ab Muhaimin bin Ab Hamid, Representatives of Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri (JPN) Selangor and Pahang, and Mr Ting Yang Chung, Managing Director of Sharp Malaysia.

L-R: Irene Tiew, Finance Director of Sharp Malaysia, Datin Nor Faridah Binti A. Bakar, Deputy Director of Selangor State Education Department, Ting Yang Chung, Managing Director of Sharp Malaysia, YB Dato' Dr. Mah Hang Soon, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Education, Tuan Haji Ab Muhaimin bin Ab Hamid, Senior Chief Assistant Director of Pahang State Education Department, Tok Sang Man, Deputy Managing Director of Sharp Malaysia, Tuan Haji Paridon Bin Sahid, Deputy Director of Educational Resources and Technology Division, MOE

Sharp Malaysia provided a total of 976 units of electrical appliances to 44 and 56 schools in Selangor and Pahang, respectively. The MOE has worked with JPN representations of both affected regions to shortlist the schools for this initiative.

With the recent flood disaster hits several parts of Malaysia, Sharp Malaysia strives to lend a helping hand by leveraging technological resources and knowhow, to ensure that no student gets left behind and improve lives across communities towards the reopening of schools. Sharp Malaysia sees the importance of education towards the younger generations and believes that providing access to technology and improving efficiency is the key in driving digitalisation of the 21st century, which shared the vision and goal with MOE.

YB Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon, Deputy Minister of Education said: “Our goal is to ensure learning continues for our students who are affected by the recent natural disaster as well as the pandemic. It is important that we work closely with the private sector especially companies like Sharp Malaysia to provide students with the necessary amenities that offer them a comfortable environment to focus on their studies.”

The recipients were 100 schools registered under MOE, which are government schools and government aided schools including sekolah bandar and sekolah luar bandar (Sekolah Kebangsaan, Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan, and Sekolah Agama). Among the electrical appliances donated to the schools were ceiling fans, wall fans, stand fans, air-conditioners, kettles, refrigerators, and televisions. Sharp also offered the schools compassionate discounts up to 50 percent on their products.

The COVID-19 outbreak has deeply affected the education sector and has forced schools to make full use of variety of emerging online communication platforms to ensure the education process remains uninterrupted. With this new norm, technology and equipment have played important roles in adapting the future of education. As part of its CSR initiative, Sharp has provided five schools with its Smart Classroom Solution to enable online teaching and hybrid learning among teachers and students in the midst of the current situation of pandemic. This is to help Malaysia’s education system – to reach its full academic potential and build a bright future for younger generations.

The teacher and students from SJKC Bandar Kajang 2 is experiencing Smart Classroom Solution

Sharp has demonstrated its Smart Classroom Solution at one of the five selected schools - SJKC Bandar Kajang 2 during the ceremony event. This is witnessed by YB Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon, Deputy Minister of Education.

Mr. Ting Yang Chung is showing Dato Dr. Mah Hang Soon the Sharp Electrical appliances that will be distributed to the schools

“As the Ministry of Education, we persistently promotes the nation’s digital agenda as evidenced through multiple initiatives, all of us here today need to work hand in hand to help educators utilise the technology better and students to leverage them effectively moving forward,” added by YB Dato’ Dr. Mah Hang Soon, Deputy Minister of Education.

The Sharp Smart Education Solution offers AQUOS TOUCH TV - an interactive touch screen for innovative teaching. Designed and manufactured in Malaysia, Sharp also has its expertise and service team here ready to provide aftersales services for the AQUOS TOUCH TV. In addition, Dynabook laptops have also provided with a complete video conferencing system including additional camera and microphone, to conduct live teaching while expanding the boundaries of a typical classroom.

Ting Yang Chung, Managing Director of Sharp Malaysia said, “At Sharp Malaysia, we are focused on the well-being of the communities we serve. We are delighted to collaborate with MOE and support in rebuilding these schools. Through our smart classroom solution, we can help schools prepare towards the digitalisation of education. In line with the MOE latest blueprint, Sharp is committed to support the Malaysia’s education system to maximise students’ outcomes and improve efficiencies.”

As the pioneer of the smart classroom solution, Sharp has been furnishing interactive whiteboard solutions to schools in United States, Japan, United Kingdom, and Europe for the last 10 years.

Handover ceremony of Sharp’s CSR contribution to the State Education Office of Pahang and Selangor