A 10-year-old girl has helped numerous students attend online classes by distributing 16 devices through her Digital Hope project.
Thanuja Kumaran believes education is a basic right and “digital poverty” should not be an obstacle.
Noticing her classmates struggling to cope with online classes, Thanuja embarked on her Digital Hope project last September when she sought advice from her mother
“My mother then sought help from her friends from the Concerned UM Indian Graduates (CUMIG) group and my classmate received a laptop through their I-Digital Programme.
“It felt really good to be able to help her. Later, I found out that many other students were deprived of digital devices.
“In August, I attended the Tuanku Bainun Young Changemakers – Home Series 2021 programme. The confidence I gained here inspired me to start the Digital Hope project in September,” she told the New Straits Times.
She then reached out for donations using a poster she created that was later widely circulated on social media by her friends, relatives and SJKT Ladang Highlands’ school management.
Her cause attracted the attention of political parties, corporate leaders and non-governmental organisations who pitched in by contributing refurbished laptops and tablets.
Thanuja said, helping the underprivileged children has reminded her to count her blessings for being able to receive a good education.
“I have started to appreciate everything that my parents have provided to me so far. Blessed with whatever I have, I feel responsible to uplift the less-fortunate ones in society.
“More importantly, I realised that age should never be a barrier to undertake a noble cause,” she said.
In keeping with her inquisitive nature, Thanuja aspires to become a detective in the future.