A sum of RM300,000 has been allocated by the state government for the establishment of Information Technology (IT) rooms at 18 orphanages in the state. An additional 44 welfare homes, that are registered with the state government, will also enjoy similar facilities.
According to Dato’ Rusnah Kassim, Executive Councillor for Women Affairs, Family and Society Welfare Development, the project is to help these underprivileged children keep abreast with the current developments in information technology so that they will not be left behind.
Addressing the press after the launch of one such room at Pertubuhan Baitul Aini in Simpang Pulai recently, she said, “During our visits to orphanages, we found that some do not have a dedicated study corner for the children. Therefore, they are unable to participate in group studies and knowledge-sharing.
“To date, only 11 homes have IT rooms each equipped with two sets of computers and book racks, at a cost of RM206,500. By the end of this year, IT rooms will be set up in seven more orphanages at a cost of RM117,000.
“With the constant development of information technology, this project will greatly benefit children in orphanages. The state government, with the collaboration of the Social Welfare Department, will ensure that all orphans enjoy such facilities. Books will be provided by the State Public Library Corporation.”