Education is a fundamental human right - and it has to be extended to every child regardless of sex, race or economic status

Schools must be equipped with the right teachers, programmes and objectives to nurture the nation’s talent.

Unfortunately, a significant number of children from mainly under-served communities are still left behind in terms of educational performance and drive to succeed. Many students from schools located far away from towns and cities or from impoverished families do not have adequate access to education.

Armed with a firm belief that every child should be given the opportunity to develop their full potential, a group of like-minded leaders and business professionals came together to discuss ways to foster the intellectual, cultural, physical, social, emotional and spiritual attributes of the future generation.

A meeting was held between the Government and Khazanah Nasional Berhad (KNB), Putrajaya Committee on Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) High Performance and 13 pioneer member companies comprising GLCs to conceptualise a programme powered by Corporate Malaysia that will help produce a generation of well-rounded individuals.

Backed with the passion and mission to complement the Government’s on-going efforts to provide every child a first-rate education, the team began their efforts by developing a programme to build the capacity of schools via a school adoption concept. Educational excellence, especially in under-served communities, was made a high priority. Together with the help from some of the nation’s best leaders, thinkers and strategists, the concept of PINTAR – Promoting Intelligence, Nurturing Talent and Advocating Responsibility – was conceived.

The PINTAR pilot programme was successfully launched on 17th December 2006 in Penang by YB Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop. Adapting principles from the Silver Book: Achieving Value Through Social Responsibility, the programme provides a platform for corporate organisations to proactively contribute to society and human capital development through a school adoption programme whilst creating value for their shareholders.