She may be 70، but Aishah Hamad is proving that there’s no such thing as ‘too old’ when it comes to education، new straits times reported.
The single mother of eight، from Bandariang، Grik، is currently taking a course on labeling at the Kolej Komuniti Lenggong.
Her reason? She wants to know how to create a logo for her ‘ikan pekasam’ (fermented، salted fish) product، which has been her core business for the last five years.
Aishah، who is fondly known in her community as “Opah”، said it was always her dream to have her own logo on her product، and is determined to make it happen.
“My children have brought my products everywhere (to be marketed). I believe it is time for me to launch my own logo and introduce my own product through a proper channel،” she added.
She said، after learning that the Kolej Komuniti Lenggong has a labeling course، she took the initiative to register as a student.
She said it was tricky at first، as she had never used a computer before.
“Although it’s still a bit difficult، I’m excited and now، I just can’t stop exploring،” said Aishah on the five-hour course.
She said people tend to equate innovation with youth.
“But creativity is not the sole preserve of the young in any field. There’s no reason why older people should not be playing a bigger role in designing the future.
“Age is absolutely not a barrier. You must see the opportunity that you have and grab it،” said Aishah، who added that she was the college’s oldest student.
Meanwhile، Higher Education Minister، Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh، said Aishah was proof that the Kolej Komuniti is not only for school leavers.
“Kolej Komuniti is not only for young people، not only for school-leavers but for a lifelong education. The courses offered covers every stage and age.
“Anyone can enrol and attend the courses that we offer. Kolej Komuniti is for everyone and is also relevant for the Fourth Industrial Revolution،” he told a press conference after opening Kolej Komuniti Lenggong on Friday.
Also present were Polytechnic and Community College Education director-general Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz; National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) chairman Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah; and state Rural Development، Agriculture، Information and Human Capital Development Committee chairman Datuk Saarani Mohamad.
The Kolej Komuniti Lenggong branch is the 95th Kolej Komuniti in Malaysia and the 14th Kolej Komuniti in the state.
At the event، PTPTN also contributed a savings plan through the 1Malaysia National Education Savings Scheme (SSPN1M) amounting to RM300،000 for 300 students in Lenggong، with each student receiving RM100 in the form of savings in SSPN1M.