WOU students visit St Joseph's Home

A group of students from Wawasan Open University (WOU) brought joy and shared the importance of lifelong learning with a group of children during a visit to the St Joseph’s Home.

Twelve members of the WOU’s Penang Student Association (PSA) distributed stationery, food and slippers to the children. Other goodies that the students handed out included cooking oil and a RM500 cash contribution as a token gesture towards helping the home with the escalating costs of food items and other essentials.

Children busy colouring.

Children busy colouring.

PSA president Calvin Yeoh said this is their first charity project since the association was formed in mid-2007, adding, “We also presented a motivational talk to the secondary-school children to tell them why we are taking up studies at WOU and how education is always very important to find success in life.”

The PSA team hosted a colouring contest for the younger kids and quizzes for the older ones, with prizes awarded to the winners. They also gave out small gifts to all 42 children living at the home.

Esther Tham coordinates the colouring contest.

Esther Tham coordinates the colouring contest.

The WOU students are studying various programmes through open and distance learning (ODL), where they are able to work and study at the same time. Yeoh said that they were happy to spend the few hours with the children despite being busy with assignments, work, family commitments and personal activities.

“Lifelong learning is only complete when we share ourselves with the less fortunate,” quipped Esther Tham, PSA assistant treasurer.

WOU, a private, not-for-profit educational institution tuition for working adults, aims to help elevate the economic status of workers by offering them second chances to further their higher education and enhance their professional career.

Choosing the colouring contest winners.

Choosing the colouring contest winners.