Education

Education is key towards empowering the next generation. This is why we believe that to truly enrich and touch lives of those in need, we must first start with education.

As a firm believer in lifelong learning, we want to give our best to ensure that those who need it most, regardless of age, have the opportunity to obtain the education they need. Even for adults, it is important to bring the right education and awareness to enable them to maximise their potential.

Yayasan Hartalega Scholarship

Education is key towards building leaders of tomorrow. Our aim is to enable as many deserving students as we can to pursue tertiary education, so they can go on to make positive changes to the world.

Empowering at-risk and underprivileged youth

Discover Muay Thai (DMT) is an intensive four-month development programme to empower at-risk and underprivileged Malaysian youth. We have been strongly supporting the programme for more than 5 years now, and we witnessed 16 participants from Batch 7 (July - November 2023) who successfully completed the programme and will embark on another 3 months of on-field job monitoring.

This programme has made a significant impact on participants – positively transforming their lives by teaching them fundamental life values that extend beyond Muay Thai through various classes such as Religious, Moral, English and Entrepreneurship, followed by volunteering programmes, once a week.

This programme underscores the belief that everyone deserves a chance to change their life. Having witnessed numerous achievements from the DMT participants all these years, it's truly heartening to see the positive impact on their lives and society, in general.

Support for children and teenagers with special learning needs

As part of our commitment to positively #TouchingLives, we are dedicated to giving back to the community. Hartalega's CSR, Marketing, Production and Engineering departments have teamed up for a one-of-a-kind project with Brain Connection − a learning centre in Petaling Jaya that specialises in providing education for children and teenagers with special learning needs such as Global Development Delay (GDD), Autism, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia.

The ongoing pilot program, in support of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, provides the students with hands-on experience of packing gloves and currently, a total of 4,000 pieces of gloves have already been specially packed by the ASD students, which will be distributed by us as sample packs. Together, we will continue our efforts to provide support to those in need − improving their quality of life.

Outreach to B40 and Orang Asli students in Perak

Through our long-term partnership with Teach For Malaysia, we were able to collaborate with the NGO once again in the TFM Fellowship Programme.

The programme enabled 27 Fellows to reach out to eight schools in Perak, of which the students are primarily from B40/Orang Asli communities. The assigned Fellows were tasked to be the classroom teachers and provide extra tuition to the individuals in need.

Through their hard work, we have impacted over 4,500 students, not only in the classroom but also through various projects that also benefited the local community.

It is truly inspiring to witness the incredible work done by the Fellows, as well as the positive relationship they have built with the schools, students, and local community. We are thrilled to be a part of this journey with TFM and will continue to provide unwavering support to this noble cause.

Computer donation to schools in Perak

Yayasan Hartalega, with the support of our IT department, has made a contribution by donating over 50 computers to Teach For Malaysia (TFM) through the TFM fellowship program.

These computers will be distributed among eight schools in Kuala Kangsar and Gerik. By providing these computers, the students will gain access to a wide range of educational resources and information, allowing them to enhance their digital literacy.

We are devoted to our purpose of nurturing young minds, and we are delighted to be a part of TFM’s good cause. Together, let us empower the next generation of leaders and innovators who will shape a brighter and more inclusive future for all.

Empowering young girls

Education and access to menstrual hygiene products are key to empowering young girls during their puberty phase. We are proud to have partnered with Athena Empowers, a company specialising in feminine hygiene products & services to raise menstrual hygiene awareness for students in SK Bukit Meriam, Kuala Muda Kedah.

We distributed washable sanitary cloths to 50 female students aged 11-12, with the help of their accompanying mothers and teachers in the programme.

In this space, we are committed to our #TouchingLives journey by giving back to the communities around us, and we hope to do more in the long run.

Menstrual hygiene awareness in Perak

Through Yayasan Hartalega, we collaborated with Athena Empower to raise awareness about menstrual hygiene. This programme brings together over 100 participants aged 11-17 years from Trong Perak's community area, alongside their mothers and the Wanita Perak Secretariat's support.

We distributed boxes of washable sanitary cloth, providing a sustainable and eco-friendly menstrual hygiene solution to the participants.

We stay committed to #TouchingLives in the communities around us by promoting health awareness.

Student Leadership Programme

Learning never exhausts the mind. Embodied in our SHIELD values of learning, we are committed to #TouchingLives of the community by engaging in various education initiatives. Through Yayasan Hartalega, our #TeamHartanians have collaborated with Teach For Malaysia (TFM) in facilitating 60 students from Kolej Vokasional Kuala Selangor for Student Leadership Programme.

This enriching 3-month programme has widened the learning curve of the students around leadership and innovation qualities, significantly focusing on four essential skills including social emotional, communication and entrepreneurship mindset.

Kudos to our dedicated Hartanians who joined as the facilitators of this programme. We hope the knowledge shared throughout the programme will bring these students to a greater height in their future success pathway.

Teach For Malaysia (TFM) supplying the Learning Box

Yayasan Hartalega’s partnership with TFM began in 2018 to address Menstrual hygiene Empowering at-risk & COVID-19 school contributed RM1,870,000 to support TFM’s efforts in continuously equipping management underprivileged youth programme and empowering students to become agents of change. This year, we reached approximately 2,054 students and teachers through TFM. In 2021, Yayasan Hartalega’s donations comprised:

  • RM1,150,000 to support the Education Recovery Efforts across all pillars including Fellowship Pre-service Programme, Tutoring Programme and Learning Boxes.
  • RM500,000 for the pilot Tutoring Programme which has impacted 532 students across 13 schools.
  • RM350,000 to continue Yayasan Hartalega’s Learning Box Project, where self-directing learning resource boxes containing engaging activities and materials were distributed to students in rural locations. The educational tool enables students to continue learning even with limited or zero bandwidth.

In addition, 30 Fellows (instructors from TFM) were supported through the Fellowship Pre-service Programme sponsorship.

Menstrual hygiene management programme

In an effort to support menstrual poverty concerns among rural B40 communities, Yayasan Hartalega partnered with Athena Empower, Perbadanan Perpustakaan Awam Selangor and Wanita Berdaya Selangor to help educate girls aged between 13 to 17 years old on menstrual hygiene. The initiative was aimed at boosting confidence in young girls to better manage their menstruation and overall health.

The menstrual hygiene management programme also shed light on related topics such as what to expect during puberty and the physical, mental and emotional changes during menstruation, among others. Under the programme, more than RM120,000 worth of hygienic materials were distributed to date.

COVID-19 school programme

The COVID-19 School Programme was aimed at supporting students undergoing their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) examinations during the pandemic. Yayasan Hartalega supplied COVID-19 packs to approximately 6,000 students from schools in Bestari Jaya, Kuala Selangor, Sepang and Banting.

Each pack consisted of face masks, hand sanitisers, food vouchers and informative leaflets to spread awareness on COVID-19 preventive measures. Along with this, we donated hand sanitisers and sanitising equipment benefitting 9,000 students across 18 schools.

Teach For Malaysia (TFM) Fellowship Programme

In line with our SHIELD values: Learning, we strongly believe that everyone should be given access to education to reach their fullest potential.

This is why we have been working with Teach For Malaysia (TFM) for the past 5 years. Our work covers 5 states in Malaysia, Selangor, Johor, Sabah, Sarawak, and Perak.

Through Yayasan Hartalega, we’ve supported up to 50 teachers, created the Learning Box, an online Tutoring program with 500 in-service teachers, a Distance Learning website with online classes, and a Student Leadership programme.

We met up with some newly sponsored fellows and they will be starting their journey as teachers in a few villages of Orang Asli in Perak. Through our commitment towards

Touching Lives, we hope to be able to enrich the lives of the community surrounding us.

Student Bursary Programme – MyKasih Foundation

We launched the Yayasan Hartalega x MyKasih Foundation Student Bursary Programme in 6 primary schools at Bestari Jaya, Selangor.

Through this programme, 600 students will be received a monthly allowance for the next 8 months via their student smartcard cashless system to pay for necessities from their koperasi and meals at their canteen. We believe this will help the students to be more focused in their studies.