Keppel Land firmly believes that inclusive, quality education can lift communities out of poverty by enabling children and youth to create brighter futures for themselves and their families. In line with this, the Company collaborates with other partners on various initiatives to promote education for underprivileged children and youths in Vietnam.
In the past three years, Keppel Land has demonstrated its commitment to nurturing talented students in Vietnam through its sponsorship of the Nang Buoc Thu Khoa scholarship programme. This programme is part of the annual “Fund for Young Talents of Vietnam” programme held by the local newspaper Tien Phong, under the Ho Chi Minh City Communist Youth Union Central Committee, to support talented students at leading universities in Vietnam.
On 1 December 2022, under the Nang Buoc Thu Khoa programme, the company presented 15 scholarships to valedictorians and students with excellent academic performance who faced financial difficulties.
Mr Joseph Low, President (Vietnam) of Keppel Land (first from left), and the students of the Nang Buoc Thu Khoa scholarship programme.
Mr Joseph Low, President (Vietnam) of Keppel Land, said, “Keppel Land strongly believes that education is essential in equipping communities with the skills for creating sustainable livelihoods and improving living standards. We are pleased to be a sponsor of this meaningful scholarship programme to empower the lives of needy students and motivate them on their academic journey.”
Nguyen Thi Thuy Hoa, a scholarship recipient majoring in architecture at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture, said, “When I was informed that I had passed the university entrance examination, I was both happy and worried as I couldn’t afford the school fees. I’m very grateful for the Nang Buoc Thu Khoa scholarship programme for supporting me in advancing my studies.”
Committed to empowering through education
Over the years, Keppel Land has positively impacted the lives of thousands of Vietnamese students through organising and supporting meaningful initiatives to promote education.
Last month, the company touched the lives of over 1,000 students through its contribution of four mobile libraries to Ganh Dau Primary and Secondary School on Phu Quoc Island. The libraries comprise 1,000 books donated by Keppel Land staff and its tenants at Saigon Centre, which include science reference books and storybooks. Keppel Land also presented school supplies such as backpacks and calculators to underprivileged students who achieved good academic results, to encourage them on their learning journey.
In addition, Keppel Land sponsored 100 books from its ‘R.I.S.E to the Challenge’ initiative for the students of Ganh Dau Primary and Secondary School. Produced by Keppel Land, the books have been translated into Vietnamese by Keppel Land staff and seek to raise awareness on rising sea levels and the urgent need for climate action. They contain information on how climate change affects Vietnam, as well as the steps that one can take to fight climate change. Tackling climate change and championing environmental stewardship are key components of Keppel Land’s CSR approach that focuses on environmental protection and social responsibility.
Keppel Land supports the Words on Wheels mobile library programme, which seeks to improve literacy in children in Vietnam, such as those in the Binh Chanh district of Ho Chi Minh City (pictured).
Keppel Land is also a sponsor of the Words on Wheels (WoW) mobile library programme, which is organised by the Singapore International Foundation. WoW promotes reading and learning among students in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi by providing them with better access to educational materials including books, the internet and multimedia facilities via a mobile library that visits participating schools on a rotational basis. Since its inception, WoW has touched the lives of thousands of children in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
As Keppel Land Vietnam commemorates its 30th anniversary this year, the company is committed to advancing the sustainability cause in its operations and activities for the next thirty years, and beyond.