The caring school project was introduced by the Ministry of Education in 1995 throughout the nation. It was predicated on the principal idea of “We Care”. A simple gesture of caring can heal the physically and emotionally injured; can offer love where none existed; can drive a sense of responsibility, an interest to do good, and can create a sense of solidarity and unity among multi-racial students.
Schools in Malaysia were encouraged to promote the idea of caring from their own perspective. By providing such latitude to be creative, many schools in Malaysia came up with novel ways in promoting the idea of caring including “hug a child a day” initiative, celebrating birthdays of students during the weekly school assembly, and teachers voluntarily preparing breakfast for students. There were also schools that encouraged their students to visit teachers who were unwell with cakes and get-well-soon cards. Some students also visited old folks home to bring cheer to the elderly.
Back then, the Star newspaper also picked up the idea and featured a “The Star Caring School: We Hear You” column and organised various competitions related to the project. The Star also sponsored a column known as “FROM THE DG” which was aimed at encouraging public to write to the Director-General and the DG would provide appropriate responses for the issues and problems that were raised.
The caring school project was indeed successful but it took a back seat after a few years. Given the altruistic nature of the project, S P Setia Foundation decided to revive the idea and embark on the project to sow the seeds of unity and caring among our children and the community.
In early 2015, the Setia Caring School Programme was officially launched by S P Setia Foundation by introducing a new dimension to the idea and promoting national unity through a caring concept. For a start, the Foundation has selected three adopted schools – SK Meru Jalan Tap, SJKC Lee Min and SJKT Ladang Vallambrosa. Various integrated activities have been organised to inculcate caring and to promote a sense of oneness in diversity among students, teachers, parents and the community. Unity is a powerful strength, and the Foundation will work closely together with the public and corporate sector to promote a caring and united nation.