Gift Of Knowledge

Gift Of Knowledge Award - Year 2007

The English Speaking Union of Malaysia (ESU Malaysia), as part of its annual, ESU Malaysia – Gift of Knowledge Program, is donating a selection of books to Sekolah Menengah Keb. Seksyen 24, Shah Alam, Selangor. The purpose of this effort is to bring English literature to schools that might otherwise not have financial access to these publications, and by doing so, help to raise students’ proficiency in English.

Sekolah Menengah Keb. Seksyen 24 was officially opened in 1993 and caters to the needs of students living in Section 17 and Section 24 of Shah Alam. 70% of the students come from medium and low-income groups, covering all ethnicities and religions. At present, 920 students are studying from Form 1 to Form 5, all of whom are in the morning session. Puan Fauzia bt. Mohd Noor is the school Principal.

Although the main language spoken by the students is Malay, the school has performed well in the English PMR and SPM examination results. Some of the strategies used to promote fluency in English include, intensive reading programmes carried out to all forms throughout the year; having an English speaking month and organizing activities for all students to participate in the Resource Centre. These books will be used in the Resource Center.

The books include an award winning selection of fiction (“Gilead” by Marilynne Robinson), poetry (“Collected Poems” by Donald Justice) and other titles.