We had a wonderful opportunity on 17 July 2014 to teach English to destitute street children at Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih near Chow Kit in Kuala Lumpur. The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event, called the “Program Prihatin Ilmu”, was held in collaboration with Zurriyat Ventures Sdn Bhd and Malaysia Islamic Children’s Fair (MICF).
It was an eye-opening experience for us as we have not had any experience teaching these children before. What came as a wonderful surprise to us was that they could understand some English words, and they were quick learners too! We taught about twenty primary school children, the various body parts of a human and proceeded to teach them on how to make a muppet out of paper bags and cut outs.
What I learnt personally from these bright children is that, all children, regardless of their background, family history and status, need love, a nurturing hand, support, attention, acceptance, validation and acknowledgement to thrive in this world. Everybody deserves second chances – same goes to these children.
Before we left, one of the little girls from the class came up to me and and said goodbye. She hugged my legs and innocently asked me, "Will you come back and teach us? I really liked the English class."
I said, "I really hope so too, kid", hugged her tightly.
Ms. Sarini Bujang
Principal and Teacher