SMK Sri Nangka is a local government school that is located 15 minutes from Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu. The majority of the school’s student body is made up of children from the Bajau community from the surrounding villages in the Tuaran district of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.
Apart from scholarships, a range of educational support, facility improvements and health support, the resort also provides skills training for sustainable futures. In addition to this project, the resort also recently began supporting another school, SK Lapasan Telipok, which is located 10 minutes from the resort.
“A Meal a Day Programme”
The “A Meal a Day” programme was launched to provide meals for students from underprivileged, single-parent and low-income backgrounds. Thirty students from SMK Sri Nangka were selected for this programme.
Bursary Awards were given to the 15 students who showed the most improvement in the school-based examinations during the school year. The awards come with a book voucher, which will enable the students to buy academic workbooks and reference books.
This is a joint initiative with SMK Sri Nangka, which asks students to make art using recycled materials, such as old scrapbooks, cards, albums and journals, to showcase places of interest around Tuaran, Kota Belud and Tamparuli. It serves as a fun and creative outlet for the students, and is one way to preserve history. It also helps to build interest in the arts and knowledge on the environment and geography!
- Earth Day Mushroom Hut Building
A team of volunteers from Shangri-la’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa modified a hut in the compound of SMK Sri Nangka to make it suitable for growing mushrooms. This project included removing the roof of the structure and adding wooden beams so that it could be entirely covered with palm leaves to create the dark and moist atmosphere that is required to grow mushrooms.
This project was proposed as an alternate way to continue funding the school’s “A Meal a Day” programme. Students and teachers will be learning from the mushroom hut caretaker, who comes from The Wallace Sheltered Workshop in Tuaran, about how to take care of the hut and the oyster mushrooms growing inside.
This effort will be a great way to build relationships while promoting sustainable farming within the community.
Experience the local culture and education system through a visit to SMK Sri Nangka School.
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