F&N’S Timely Gift for Montfort Girls Centre
|Posted on 29 October 2012|
3RD F&N IT Corner and complementary ICDL certification enhances girls ICT skills
When a water tank burst and flooded the Montfort Girls Centre existing IT room and destroyed all the equipment in the room, it was a blessing in disguise. F&N Beverages Marketing Sdn Bhd came to the aid of the home when they learnt of their misfortune.
The F&N IT Corner at the Montfort Girls Centre in Shah Alam is the third setup by F&N Beverages at the Montfort centres. The newly furbished RM25,000 F&N IT Corner comes fully equipped with 14 brand new computers, a printer and internet access.
In addition to the F&N IT Corner, F&N Beverages will also continue its sponsorship of enrolling Montfort’s students in the International Computer Driving License (ICDL) accreditation program, following the success of the first centre at Montfort Boys Town in Shah Alam in 2010 and the second at Montfort Youth Centre in Malacca earlier this year. To date, a total of 75 students have obtained the ICDL accreditation.
Speaking at the opening of the F&N IT Corner, F&N Beverages Corporate Affairs Manager, Cariessa Goh explained that F&N sponsored the enrolment of Montfort students in the ICDL program because it equipped them with marketable skills and also boost their confidence as they were able to secure work soon after their graduation.
“The F&N IT Corner complements the ICDL – it works hand in hand,” Goh adds.
The ICDL accreditation program benchmarks the level of for computer skills such as the understanding of basic concept of information technology, using the computer and managing files, word processing, using spreadsheets and databases, presentation as well as information and communication. It is an internationally recognized computer literacy certification supported by governments, international organizations and corporations globally.
Additionally, the F&N IT Corner will also be utilized by the girls pursuing graphic design and multimedia courses at Montfort.
Goh encouraged the Montfort girls to take the opportunity and maximize the use of the F&N IT Corner to help them in their education and to gain as much knowledge available at just a click of a mouse.
“While most school going children are exposed to computers and many have access to at least one computer and achieve computer competency at a very young age, many underprivileged children unfortunately do not have the same opportunity,” said Goh.
The Montfort Girls Centre, officially established in May 2006 can accommodate up to 150 girls and follows the same principles as Montfort Boys Town, enrolling underprivileged girls with the objective of developing and training them to become persons of good character with marketable and employable skills contributing to the nation’s workforce.
Montfort Boys Town director Brother John Albert expressed his gratitude to F&N Beverages for their constant support.
“It is not only because of the goodwill of the Brothers of St. Gabriel or the Canossian Sisters that this unique work of empowering youth is made possible but also because of the corporate responsibility and generous financial contribution of individual donors, and corporate sponsors,” Albert adds.
F&N, the leading soft drinks manufacturer in Malaysia, embarked on this community initiative as an extension to their other education programs for underprivileged children across Malaysia. These include the setting up of F&N Sensory Integration Room in schools to cater to special needs students and F&N Sudut Iqra to encourage reading amongst schoolchildren.