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Bangsar Tamil school Alumni’s Deepavali Evening at Myskills Lakeside Campus

A group of ‘students’, 28 in all, made their way in a chartered bus to MySkills Lakeside  Campus at about 430pm on 27th October 2018 for a Deevapavali evening with our students. Our ‘student-visitors’ were special; they were all former students of the Bangsar Tamil School from the 1960s.

Former student, Ms. Ruku, was anxious to the see the campus after having heard about it and how some students were building their future through MySkills. So after a short welcome speech by Mr Pasupathi they heard about some realities of the students. Ruku and her friends were quite sad.

But this feeling of sympathy moved quickly to one of empathy as the group interacted with the students and witnessed their talents and many positive attitudes. Their helpful nature, their ability to follow instructions and improvise came to light through the Krishna song that Ruku and friends wanted. The instruction was to get a student to dress up like Krishna. “The students did this delegation very well with just minimal correction” said Ruku.

Our students had our senior visitors captivated by their kolatham, something many had not watched in recent years, especially live. And the group was once more pleasantly surprised by the food that was cooked and served by the students. So it wasn’t only the well behaved nature of the students that came across but many positives as well. The conversation of the group on their way home revealed Ruku, was about their next visit, about the idea of bringing their relatives, particularly the younger generation. “We want to look around more too as the rain prevented us from moving around” concluded Ruku as she recollected about the special experience with the students.

MySkills appreciates the very practical goody bag that our Deepavali visitors had for each of our students, some toiletries, including towels. We certainly look forward to the “students” and their families/friends for another visit and possible long term commitment as it allows them. It certainly will be a learning experience for all.

Contributed by Veronica Anne Retnam based on an interview

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HSBC Malaysia’s “ Deepavali Do Good”

It is a special time at MySkills Kalumpang Lakeside Campus when visitors come a calling. November the 2nd 2018 saw HSBC Malaysia’s team for a “Deepavali Do Good” celebration cum educational programme.

We started with a ‘Kolam’ competition, doing it the MySkills way, that of team work. Our students designed and crafted patiently and carefully, attractive “kolams” with contrasting colours. Try to do one and you know what it takes!

Next, we were privileged to have, on our shores, some aspects of the Junior Achievement More than Money financial literacy programme. This global financial literacy programme which centres around earning, spending, sharing and saving money gave our students some insights into money management.

Who should show up during the programme if not for the CEO of HSBC himself! Mr. Stuart Milne was warmly welcomed by the MySkills Family. Most MySkills events would not be complete without student dance performances, both modern and traditional. So they sprung to action, entertaining one and all.

Being an institution that tries to keep its operation costs low, students do their own cooking. Once more they had the opportunity to not only prepare lunch but also to serve, proving their catering skills.

It was then time for Deepavali goodies. Our guests presented these to our students and HSBC’s donation for MySkills. This was a happy moment for sure.

The programme ended at 1230pm after the presentation of prizes for the “kollam” competition and a group photography session. With that we bid farewell to our guests and we are quite sure they enjoyed themselves as much as we did. And that they appreciate our green home at the foothills of Titiwangsa.

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Tan Kah Kee Award 2018

Tan Kah Kee was a prominent social activist, businessman and more importantly a philanthropist.

As a successful businessman he build and funded many Chinese and English schools in Singapore and Malaysia.

In his memory the Tan Kah Kee Foundation was set up. While promoting Mandarin, Science and Technology, it gives out Annual Awards to prominent personalities and institutions for their contribution to the betterment of mankind.

This year Late Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay was selected for his immense contribution to Chinese schools and charities.
And Myskills Foundation was selected for its contribution to uplift the at risk youths in the B40 Indian community.
The Award ceremony was held on 7th of this month at KL and Sel Chinese Assemblies Hall.
Who’s who in the Chinese business community were there.

Each businessman who was present there has contributed millions of ringgit to Chinese schools and colleges.
One could feet the comradeship and willingness of the Chinese millionaires to GIVE BACK to the community.
There was subtle sadness in me as me, Dr Siva, Mr Ragavan and Deva went up to receive the award because except for few , I could hardly remember the businessman in our community who have contributed to the betterment of our Indian community.
There are hundreds of millionaires in our community and only if they could contribute 5% of their wealth for the betterment of the community we can be a proud community which can take care of each and every poor household amongst us.

A community is respected by how it takes care of the poor and marginalised within the community.

We dedicate the Tan Kah Kee Award to the kind souls who have been supporting Myskills in the past 8 yrs and hope you will continue to support.

Creating a better community is our responsibility.

Thank you

Pasupathi

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2018-09-27

A Ministerial visit to MySkills Campus in the making

MySkills was priviledged to have the Honourable Minister of Human Resources, Mr. S Kulasegaran on our grounds at Kalumpang  in the evening of September 27th 2018. He was given a rousing welcome by the Board of Directors of MySkills, students, staff as well as volunteers. YB Kula is the first ever Minister to visit us at Kalumpang; being initiated by him, it was even more special.

This visit would not be complete if it did not include a first- hand view of the development and so our Human Resources Minister was taken on a walk about of a section of the campus. He was very impressed by what he saw in terms of the physical development accomplished thus far with a minimum of resources. The walk about also afforded some time for YB Kula to share some of the realities of his years growing up, which at times was painful for him as he reminisced.

Mr Deva, CEO, invited our guest of honour and everyone, after which was a short video clip of the realities of drop-outs and their life. Dr Shanmuga Siva in his speech reminded us all that it was society which creates crime, of how gangsters have a syllabus, incentives, security, as well as recruitment. He made this observation based on what the juveniles had shared with him; that they had no one to take them except the gangsters upon their release from prison.  And he said that “it was the pain in his heart that brought him here”, referring to YB Kula’s visit.

Mr. Pasupathi then shared a short narrative of its humble beginnings, (for the benefit of YB Kula), the discovery of the reality of the type of students who first enrolled. A  group of three students arrived on bikes, topless and with their shirts wrapped around their waist. Mr Pasupathy recalled how he, Ms. Malar and Mr. Deva were quite stunned by this scene and came to another level of awareness. Among other very pertinent parts of the journey, Mr. Pasupathy acknowledged deep gratitude to the more than 100 individuals who are responsible to taking MySkills to where it is. He acknowledged the work of volunteers and students which kept costs to a minimum.

Next the EWRF Deputy President, Mr. Govindasamy referred to MySkills as a sister organization and paid attention to the mission of MySkills, quoting Dr Siva “that God is in each individual and that we have to reach out to these students”. He concluded by saying that MySkills was on the right track.

Mr. Deva then high-lighted  a source of inspiration, that of a 13 year old drop out who wanted a shelter and food and how this student challenged Mr. Deva to come back to MySkills once he completed his course. And as the said student made his way to the podium, YB Kula could not contain his curiosity and kept turning back as it was such a powerful testimony of the transformative ability of MySkills programme. And Mr. Velan, our trainer and hostel warden simply said that it was his responsibility to change the life of students as Mr. Pathi and others had changed him.

And so YB Kula in a very personal and touching way, addressed the students as “tambeegal , tangacheegal ( brothers and sisters) and then expressed how he was touched and that he was happy to know of so many great people. He said “deep in my heart I know about Indians; I always think about that and the greatest important factor in any country is human development for all”. He expressed the need for skills training for all youth- the Malays, the Chinese, the Kadazans, the Ibans, the orang Asli and other indigenous groups of youth. He acknowledged that without MySkills, the students would not have got skills.

And the next part of his sharing certainly had the students especially listening with their hearts as he shared, in all humility, of his poverty saying “I was poorer than you” and the tasks he and his siblings had to do before and after school hours. His attitude turned around when he overheard his father’s conversation with a friend about his plans to make his son (Kula) to look after cows as he would surely fail his SPM. “I studied out of fear and out of pressure”.

He acknowledged that transforming the lowest, the poorest, and the least affordable people is a priority. He emphasized the need to teach children business acumen. And he made a change in the admission regulation for ILPs, that there is no need any longer to have a pass in BM and history. He said students should be able to enroll as long as they were willing to study.

He predicted that My Skills will become the largest institution in (in this category); he will try to assist he said and that MySkills will become “the brand of this country”. Probably he surprised the audience by revealing that Malaysia is a country with the largest number of migrant workers. He congratulated MySkills by saying it was a fantastic name to have. It was very inspiring to hear from the Minister of Human Resources of his desire to come to MySkills whenever he had the time. And it was even more inspiring to hear “you have done what have been dreaming about; poverty is beyond skin colour. And he concluded aptly with the words “I fully support and endorse the work for the poor”.

Mr. Deva then informed YB Kula that he must accept some gifts from MySkills but which in no way will be unacceptable. These were the Annnual Reports and a basket of vegetables and fruit, all cultivated and cared for by the students.

It was evident that YB Kula was quite reluctant to leave the campus; he was still engaged with different groups during and after the light refreshments served. But having a dinner appointment he left with his police escort at about 630pm for Ipoh.

The weather that day started bleak, with rain clouds heavy in the air. It poured several times but somehow, it cleared in time for this special informal event at very short notice. MySkills, true to it forms, treat every visitor with seriousness and with respect; and so everything was in place, with students even, bussed down from KL and Port Klang.

Contributed by Ms. Veronica Anne Retnam, MySkills Volunteer (Mobile: 016 6687900; varetnam162@gmail.com)

 

 

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J.P. Morgan and MySkills Foundation in partnership to prepare disadvantaged youth in Malaysia for careers in high-demand sectors

Kuala Lumpur, September 21, 2018 – Global banking and financial services provider J.P. Morgan and youth vocational training organization MySkills Foundation (MSF) today launched a demand-led workforce readiness initiative to empower at-risk youth in Malaysia to complete their education and obtain relevant skill sets for gainful employment.

J.P. Morgan is supporting MSF over 24 months to train 300 underserved youth between the ages of 14 and 18 to equip them with electrical, plumbing, air-conditioning, life management and soft skills that will allow them to transition into higher paying jobs upon graduation. MSF typically recruits young people who have dropped out of the mainstream education system, and who need holistic support to transform their career trajectories. With curriculum enhancements and greater emphasis on providing industry linkages and on-the-job training, MSF expects to see significant reductions in drop-out rates among its students and higher-paying jobs for its graduates.

 

The initiative not only supports youth who are in need of sustainable livelihoods, but also addresses the country’s challenges in hiring talent with technical and vocational education and training (TVET)-related skills. According to the government’s 11th Malaysia Plan, about 60 percent of the 1.5 million new jobs expected to be created in Malaysia between 2016 and 2020 will require TVET skills and there are concerns of a lack of talent with the right skill sets to meet demand.

“MySkills Foundation aims to increase our students’ exposure to work experience to help them better connect their schooling with their career prospects and as a result lower their dropout rates, which remains a key challenge. By providing pre-vocational training for students as young as 14, we hope to build up their confidence and nurture learning attitudes that result in stronger retention in our programs. Together with support from J.P. Morgan, we are confident this initiative will bring greater impact in terms of sustainable and successful careers for our graduates,” said Mr. Devasharma Gangadaran, Chief Executive Officer of MySkills Foundation.

 

The program, which commenced in July 2018, addresses the need for more industry involvement in vocational training as identified in J.P. Morgan’s ASEAN-5 New Skills at Work study. The research report was commissioned under J.P. Morgan’s five-year USD 250 million New Skills at Work commitment, which, since 2013, has helped to train over 300,000 beneficiaries in Asia Pacific alone, allowing underprivileged individuals, especially youth, access quality demand-driven jobs in high-growth sectors.

“We are committed to helping young people develop the skills they need to secure better-paying jobs in fast-growing sectors, especially as the country aims to attain high income status by 2020,” said Mr. Steve Clayton, Senior Country Officer for Malaysia at J.P. Morgan. “At J.P. Morgan, we believe that addressing the need for widely shared prosperity is essential and recognize that a quality job can go a long way in transforming lives and strengthening economies.”

 

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Sunway-Lancaster Summer Exchange Program @ Myskills Campus 2018

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For the past 3 years Myskills Foundation is being strongly supported by Sunway University via its collaboration for social enterprising and social impact visit for the young graduates. For the 4th time, we received students from Lancaster University hosted by Sunway partner to our campus in Kalumpang, Hulu Selangor.

A team of 20 students with their coordinator, Ms Sue Ann arrived excitedly today morning for their learning visit with Myskills. Welcomed warmly by the Director, CEO and staff of Myskills, the tour were initiated with introduction on the organisation and its humble beginnings.

Right after a short icebreaker, each two visiting students were assigned with one Myskills student to learn on Malaysian youth demographics and get to know more on their diversified culture. To our surprise, Myskills boys were communicating well and the room was full of healthy
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Lucky enough , it was cloudy and not-so-hot day for the visitors to tour the campus. Variety of fruit trees , vegetable farming , clear river and clean air added more flavor to the eyes and the guests seemed to enjoy every steps around.

To make the presence memorable, we arranged for Bael (Holy Vilva) tree planting for the visitors. Adding to the tropical trees planted in the campus, these newly planted trees by the students will be another legacy by Sunway-Lancaster Partners which grows taller by years.

A hard work must be paid with a great reward and that was their buffet spread of vegetarian food. Credits to our talented team , Mr Naresh and his young chefs gave a finger licking experience for the visitors. Finger licking lunch cooked with passion in short we would say !

It was very soon enough to say goodbye and we had to bid farewell for the visitors to conclude the visit. Myskills Foundation strongly believes the guests return home with valuable learning and greater will for community engagement. We hope the journey in future is blessed to meet them again for greater purpose. All the best for Sunway-Lancaster students !

 

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Naan Kabali Alla

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Myskills Foundation, Astro Vaanavil and Cine Shatriya proudly presents NAAN KABALI ALLA , the 13 weeks serial which premieres this Sunday (9th September 2018) , 8pm on Astro Vaanavil 201.

We had the launch on 7th September 2018 at TPC, Bukit Kiara officiated by our executive Partner Astro and co-producer Cine Shatriya. The serial depicts thrilling experience by Malaysian flavor of crime inflicted target community and their life episodes. This is a great CSR project by Astro to advocate better Malaysia. It will definitely be a breath taking , adventurous 13 weeks journey!

For those impatient audiences, subscribe to Astro On Demand to unveil all 13 episodes!

#astroulagam
#supportmyskills
#watchnaankabalialla
#cineshatritayasuperbcinematography

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The Divine Voice

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“Grandma, I want to come again” said  Divesh to his grandmother after watching Ramayana and Mahabrata on Wheels at the Temple of Fine Arts on Wednesday 22nd August that he wants to watch it again. He is only 3, and his grandma wants to promote Miracle on Wheels to her whole group of friends!

Such is the power of this dynamic and unsual, “never before” show. Awe struck members of the audience had only positive words, some were lost for words. “Amazing”, “beautiful” “Incredible”, “extraordinary” were among the adjectives that were often heard. This is the first time ever the Tamil translated Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana was performed on the stage by the Miracle on Wheels together with Myskills students.

For the artists, it has been a very rewarding experience. Seeing the delight, hearing the applaud ( but not all can hear), seeing that appreciation just lights that fire in their hearts.

Dr Sanmugasiva, in addressing the guests emphasized background on how MySkills students were being enrolled, many of whom are from dysfunctional families have grown in confidence. The opportunities that are present for them ensure a path of transformation. In tonight’s show, the audience was able to witness that confidence when a group of MySkills students were part of the performance of the Ramayana which had been a big surprise.

Mr. Pasupathi was more on gratitude, the gratitude for the contribution of many good souls. And for sure, MySkills will continue to have more donors and volunteers as many have offered to be a part of our mission.

We are geared up for the next remaining shows with the hope of great support from the community. Catch us at your nearby locations !

 

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Miracle on Wheels – Pearl of Penang

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Dato Sri Dr. T.P Devaraj , 94, a name synonymous with hospice, was pleasantly surprised about two things from Miracle on Wheels- Penang show ; the amount of work done for the Indian community by Myskills and the unique Miracle on Wheels programme which was unusual and very well organised. He was also appreciative of the work of MySkills Foundation in transforming the lives of a sector of Malaysian youth at risk. He also discovered a Penang based NGO, Academic Force, similar to Myskills working with poor and deserving youths.

Dr. Devaraj stayed long long enough in spite of his age to appreciate the effort of the teams, both local and the Differently Abled artists.

We are touring for another 5 shows at below locations which need your support.

*Johor*:
24th & 25th August
Bangunan JOTIC, JB

*Hulu Selangor*:
26th August
SJKC Khing Ming, Kuala Kubu Bharu

*Shah Alam*:
27th & 28th August:
Midlands Convention Centre, Shah Alam

Help us to spread the Miracle !

 

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Octogerian’s appreciation

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84 year old Madam Letchumi Rasiah of Ipoh sat through the entire two hours performance of UNSTOPPABLE.

Showing surprise at the start of the show, she forgot all her aches and pains. It was the first time Madam Letchumi was our for that amount of time. Such is the power of the differently abled artists in holding anyone’s attention for that night.

Give senior members in your families the opportunity to witness, appreciate and enjoy ‘Unstoppable : A Journey of Transformation’ and at the same helping us for a cause.

More miracle performances coming to your place :

Temple of Fine Arts, KL
21st & 22nd August 2018
(Tuesday & Wednesday)

Bangunan Jotic, Johor Bahru
24th & 25th August 2018
(Friday & Saturday)

SJKC Khing Ming, Kuala Kubu Bharu
26th August 2018
(Sunday)

Midlands Convention Centre, Shah Alam
27th & 28th August 2018
(Monday & Tuesday)

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