The Group is among the pioneer of education development in Sabah and its efforts begin at the preschool level. With the objective to boost children's (1-12 years old) early education growth in Sabah, the Group through its Child Development Division offers preschool programmes through its nurseries, kindergartens and transition classes besides rural preschools. Currently, the Group has 22 preschool centres throughout the State.
Among the activities conducted under these programmes are tuitions for primary schools, school holiday activities as well as support programmes for kindergarten and primary schools. In addition, the Group collaborates with the State Education Department and the School of Education, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in the implementation of the Integrated System of Programmed Instruction for Rural Environment (InSPIRE) project which is solely implemented in Sabah. With InSPIRE, teaching materials and modules are tailored specifically for the needs of primary school students in rural areas.
Since 2000, the Group published children books (words/images) with Dewan Bahasa & Pustaka (in Rumi, Jawi and Arabic translation) and in 2012, a Digital Video Disc (DVD) of Collection of Children's Songs was produced. A guidebook/manual on Setting up a Preschool Centre was also published in 2013 by the Group.
SCHOLARSHIPS & STUDY LOANS
The Group's efforts in education development are not limited to early childhood education. Since 1968, the Group provides education sponsorship that includes scholarships and study loans for secondary and higher education, Hostel Scholarship, Daily Scholarship, Peninsular Secondary School Scholarship and Sabah/Sarawak Students Exchange Programme.
The Group offers secondary education scholarship to needy students who obtained 5As in the Primary School Achievement Test (UPSR) to further their studies in selected secondary schools in Peninsular Malaysia.
Under the Sabah/Sarawak Exchange Programme, the Group offers scholarships to students from Sarawak to further their secondary studies at selected boarding schools in Sabah with Yayasan Sarawak offering similar sponsorships to students from Sabah to further their secondary education in Sarawak.
Scholarships and study loans are also offered to secondary students based on their academic achievement in continuing their tertiary education on selected fields of study according to the manpower needs of the State. The Sabah State Scholarship Award of Excellence is offered to students who obtained excellent results in the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) examination. This award is an accolade of their success and to spur other students to achieve excellent results in their SPM examination.
CAREER AND COUNSELLING PROGRAMMES
The programmes are organised yearly through seminars, workshops and camps at various selected centres throughout the State. The target groups are students, teachers, parents and members of the public.
Speakers from related agencies and institutions of higher learning are invited to deliver motivation talks, effective communication, decision-making and choosing the right field of studies to the target groups.
Since 1972, the Group built hostels in various districts throughout the State for rural students to be able to attend schools in urban areas. With the improvement in infrastructures especially the road system and secondary schools that provide hostels, rural hostels built by the Group were gradually phased out.
In order to provide accommodation for students from Sabah who are pursuing their studies in the Middle East, the Group has acquired buildings which were converted as hostels in Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt for the convenience of the students studying in the country.