By Fatimah Abu Bakar
In a heartening victory for the community of Kiwanis Malaysia District, the Kiwanis Club of Muar was recently awarded for their exceptional commitment to Sustainable Development Goal #4, SDG Goal No. 4 Quality Education for 2023 by the Junior Chamber International Malaysia (JCIM). What is more heart-warming when we received this great news of KC Muar’s victorious achievement is that; it was not the first time that KC Muar has received such an outstanding, focused recognition for their inspiring charitable work. KC Muar was accorded the winner for two consecutive years for SDG #10 Reducing inequalities within and among countries in 2020 and for SDG #17 in 2021. These remarkable achievements not only reflect the club’s unwavering dedication to the betterment of society but also sheds light on the importance of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Kiwanis Club of Muar’s commendable efforts to support this goal did not go unnoticed. The club’s initiatives have been instrumental in addressing inequalities within their community through quality education. Since the establishment of Kiwanis Club Muar in 2005, they have been active advocates for economic empowerment, education, and social inclusion, ensuring that the most vulnerable members of society are given the tools and support the need to lead better lives.
One of their most significant contributions has been the “Kiwanis Scholarships for All” program, which has provided financial aid to students from underprivileged backgrounds. This initiative not only facilitates access to education but also serves as a stepping stone towards breaking the cycle of poverty. By bridging the education gap, Kiwanis Club of Muar is fostering a more inclusive society where talent and potential are not determined by one’s socioeconomic status.
Additionally, the club’s outreach programs have been pivotal in raising awareness about the importance of a level playing field in getting quality education in Malaysia without leaving anyone behind. Their workshops, seminars, and community events have empowered individuals to combat biases and prejudices, creating a more harmonious and united community in Muar. In 2023, KC Muar has courageously opened a Kiwanis Club Muar Café to serve the children of the world through this innovative effort for everyone to enjoy a cup of coffee and each other’s company but most significantly providing job opportunities for our People with Disabilities (PWDs) in Johor.
Congratulations Kiwanis Club Muar! We look forward for 2024 and beyond for more rewards for your creative and noble efforts in ensuring the best interests of the children are sustained.
Quick Facts: United Nation’s Sustainable Goals: In 2015, world leaders from 193 countries agreed on the sustainable development goals or the 17 SDGs. The 17 SDGs are the world’s new action plan for the next 15 years to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, fight inequality, tackle climate change, and achieve sustainable development for all.
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