Pu­lau Bruit Grad­u­ate As­so­ci­a­tion, KSS Youth bring cheer to ru­ral schools in Sarawak’s Daro

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KOTA KIN­A­BALU: The joint ef­fort col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Pu­lau Bruit Grad­u­ate As­so­ci­a­tion (PGPB) and Kadazan So­ci­ety Sabah (KSS) Youth Wing came alive when the two as­so­ci­a­tions teamed up to visit se­lected Pub­lic Sec­ondary and Pri­mary schools in Pu­lau Bruit, Daro in the divi­sion of Mukah to de­liver mo­ti­va­tional and ca­reer talks.

The team aims at help­ing ru­ral school chil­dren in de­vel­op­ing pos­i­tive so­cial and emo­tional skills, such as tran­si­tion gap to min­i­mize cul­ture shock, lan­guage, team­work and goal-set­ting, which are linked to suc­cess in school, ca­reers, and life.

The first school vis­ited was SMK Se­mop Sec­ondary School, the first and only sec­ondary school on the island that con­sists of 435 stu­dents with 28 teach­ers.

There is no Form Five stu­dents at the mo­ment as the school was only opened a year ago.

“We need more teach­ers to ac­com­mo­date the in­creased num­ber of our stu­dents with an­tic­i­pa­tion of Form Five stu­dents soon” said Cikgu Ling­gir, The school Se­nior As­sis­tant.

The school has no sport fa­cil­i­ties and has a small stu­dent hall and a small prayer room (Su­rau).

The joint-ef­fort is not only to give ac­cess knowl­edge through the talk but also ed­u­cates the ru­ral au­di­ence about dif­fer­ent cul­tural ex­po­sure as in cos­tumes, lan­guages and food of the Kadazan eth­nic group as well as Me­lanau.

“This is a grat­i­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to feel the real life of ru­ral com­mu­nity. I can feel them through the ex­pres­sions on the faces of the chil­dren who come from im­pov­er­ished back­grounds. I am glad that we have or­ga­nized this project as part of our So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity that matches with our ob­jec­tives, said Ju­liana Jimis, the chair leader of the KSS Youth in Sabah who is also a mo­ti­va­tional speaker dur­ing the visit.

The ob­jec­tive of the visit is to bring mean­ing­ful value of life to the chil­dren in that area by giv­ing them tips and real life ex­pe­ri­ence-based knowl­edge for self-sus­tain­able fu­ture.

It also pro­motes a pos­i­tive learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment in the re­mote re­gion by af­ford­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus pri­mar­ily on their ed­u­ca­tion and self-value.

The team then vis­ited SK Be­tanak, a pri­mary school lo­cated on a muddy road in the mid­dle of a vil­lage and can only be ac­cessed by walk­ing.

It ac­com­mo­dates about 196 pupils with up to 25-30 chil­dren be­ing taught in a sin­gle class­room. Most of the roads in Pu­lau Bruit are still bumpy and gravel.

“Thank you for trav­el­ling such a long and rough road to cheer our stu­dents. With this visit, you have not only helped our kids but our com­mu­nity as a whole,” said the school head­mas­ter.

“We’re ex­cited to col­lab­o­rate with KSS Youth to strengthen and ex­tend helps to our stu­dents in the ru­ral area,” said the pres­i­dent of PGPB, Dr Rad­uan Bin Serap.

“This new joint-ini­tia­tive will ex­plore more on other ac­tiv­i­ties that may ben­e­fit the school­child­ren in par­tic­i­pat­ing com­mu­ni­ties and ul­ti­mately lead to knowl­edge that can be ap­plied to the broader field,” he added. Rad­uan also hopes to mu­tual-ex­tend visit to Sabah with his PGPB team in fu­ture.”

Mean­while, the stu­dents’ re­sponses were pos­i­tive. They were vol­un­tar­ily happy to par­tic­i­pate in a short role play dur­ing the talk ses­sion and are de­lighted to have them (the team) back.

The talk was led by Rad­uan, ac­com­pa­nied by Cikgu Az­man Hamzah of PGPB while KSS was rep­re­sented by Lorena Bin­isol, a jour­nal­ist who shared her pas­sion in writ­ing and the main speaker Ju­liana, Youth Leader of the Kadazan So­ci­ety Sabah (KSS).

The stu­dents ben­e­fited from the mo­ti­va­tional talk ti­tled “Cul­ture shock Af­ter Com­plet­ing School” by Ju­liana, who is a wealth of in­for­ma­tion with a moun­tain of ex­pe­ri­ence in travel and places.

She shared her real life lessons and ex­pe­ri­ences. Ju­liana has con­ducted and de­liv­ered var­i­ous group mo­ti­va­tional and lan­guage work­shops with young stu­dents and adults in Sabah and Kuala Lumpur.

One of the speak­ers Dr. Rad­uan to­gether with stu­dents of SMK Se­mop in Daro District.

Ju­liana (cen­tre) de­liv­er­ing her mo­ti­va­tional talks to the stu­dents of SMK Se­mop.

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