IT was an extraordinary day for a class of 51 marginalised children and 35 Taylor’s College mentors-cum-teachers.
Making a stand for everyone’s right to education, which can take place anywhere and at any time, Taylor’s College organised the “Classroom Experience” for children from the Kirtarsh Handicapped and Disabled Children’s Home.
“I believe learning can take place anywhere, at any time, and education is a life-long process,” said Taylor’s College president Lim Tou Boon.
“We need to be aware that learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom. Learning can take place in a park, at home, or on the Internet, and not just from Monday to Friday.
“With that in mind, we are pleased to give back to society through ‘The Classroom Experience’ project and, at the same time, nurture invaluable learning, leadership and life skills in our students.
“It takes a lot of courage to plan and execute this project and I congratulate the team for successfully organising it,” he added.
Children, between the ages of 10 and 12, were treated to a day of fun learning which started with a morning exercise session. The learning experience was personalised with a mentor assigned to oversee two or three children. Among the subjects taught were Mathematics, English and Art.
The “Classroom Experience”, which was inspired by the “Classroom Mumbai” project carried out by the Akanksha Foundation, a non-profit organisation in India, offered a two-way learning opportunity which benefitted the marginalised children, who learned from their mentors, as well as the volunteer teachers and mentors who experienced the joys and challenges of being an educator.
“These children are not often exposed to opportunities outside the home,” said Kirtarsh Handicapped and Disabled Children’s Home caretaker Judith Pamela Muthiah.
“I am very thankful to be included in this ‘Classroom Experience’ for that reason. The children thoroughly enjoyed the activities especially with the mentors who did a good job in guiding the children.”
Sharing her experiences organising the project, organising chairperson, Yap Pei Ru said, “The common challenges we face with projects like this are often related to funding and acquiring committed volunteers. In order to ensure the success of social responsibility projects, passion and discipline are essential.”
The “Classroom Experience” project is a collaborative effort between the Taylor’s College Rotaract Club and the Taylor’s College Reading Bus Programme, with the support of the Rotaract Club of Bandar Sunway.
Article Published: Sunday November 9, 2014