To raise awareness about global education, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed January 24 as the International Day of Education. Every year on this day, citizens and organizations around the world celebrate the role of education for peace and development and promote lifelong learning opportunities.
Supporting education is a key pillar of Shangri-La Group’s sustainability program. Shangri-La Group properties hosted activities and events at local school in our communities on International Day of Education 2020.
Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya celebrated with its new EMBRACE beneficiary, SD Tanwir elementary school. Twenty-one hotel volunteers organized scavenger hunts, arts and crafts and educational activities for 22 first-grade students. Three students with the most unique crafts won backpacks and school supplies.
“Today is just the beginning of our EMBRACE journey with the school,” said Cahya Bhinartika, corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Surabaya. “The goal of this initiative was to make learning more fun. We hope we succeeded, and we look forward to continuing the EMBRACE partnership through 2020.”
Also in Indonesia, Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta observed International Day of Education in collaboration with Diversey, a leading global corporation in sustainable cleaning solutions. Twenty-four volunteers from the hotel and Diversey taught 40 students and four teachers from SMKN 38, a government vocational school, cleaning and hygiene skills related to the hospitality sector.
“Volunteers taught the children how to clean kitchen supplies, wash kitchen appliances and sanitize carpets and floors,” said Debby Setiawaty, director of communications at Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta. “We hope these skills will help them as they continue to grow in their careers.”
In Sri Lanka, Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa organized a week-long educational program for students at the Overseas School of Colombo. Through interactive games and educational lectures, the hotel team taught students the importance of environmental sustainability and the hazards of non-biodegradable waste. At the end of the week, resort colleagues and students applied their knowledge during a beach cleanup.
“The cleanup was a great way to end a week of meaningful education,” said Palinda Perera, corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager at Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka.
Since 2018, Golden Sands Resort by Shangri-La has supported Crystal Family Home, a non-profit organization that serves children from underprivileged backgrounds. In partnership with Crystal Family Home, the resort organizes literacy classes for children between ages seven and 19. Resort volunteers teach the children how to speak and write the national language of Malaysia.
“We discovered that the children's poor understanding of the national language has a significant impact on their education performance,” said Yaw Ling Wong, area corporate social responsibility and sustainability manager at the resort. “We are proud to teach the children and help them grow on International Day of Education as well as year round."
“We thank the resort management for their effort and time dedicated to enhancing Bahasa Malaysia literacy levels among Crystal Family Home residents,” said a representative from Crystal Family Home.
On January 21, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu celebrated education and progress by gifting book vouchers to 23 students at SK Pukak, the resort’s EMBRACE beneficiary that teaches students from low income backgrounds, and launched the Highly Immersive Programme (HIP) for English language. The HIP program is introduced under the Ministry of Education policy that aims to improve English language proficiency among students. Resort colleagues, educators, students and officers from the Tuaran District Education Program celebrated the launch of the program, marking the first school out of 86 to host the program.
“The early launch of this program was made possible by the English Zone space, which was built in October 2019 by resort volunteers, teachers and parents of students,” said Fiona Hagan, general manager of Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu. “Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu will continue to support other endeavors that support the development of local communities as a whole.”
Thank you to our properties and colleagues around the world who celebrated education in our communities.