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