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Motivational camp benefits 300 students from Papar
Published on: Saturday, August 08, 2015

Kota Kinabalu: More than 300 students from 10 schools in Papar benefited from the Projek Kalsom 21 Motivational Camp at Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), here from Aug 2–7.

According to Project Kalsom Vice President of Strategic Development Hazieq Riefdy the programme was commemorating its 21st year as the oldest student-led charity movement in Malaysia.

"The Kalsom Movement conducted its high- impact five-day motivational programme which is held annually since 1994 and this is the first time the programme was being held in Sabah.

"The participating Form Four students were from less fortunate backgrounds but were chosen based on their academic and co-curricular performance and potential."

He said this at the closing of the Projek Kalsom 21 Motivational Camp programme at UMS hall on Friday.


Hazieq said the objectives of the programme were to help develop academic and non-academic skills among students, heightening the usage of English language, providing exposure on post secondary education opportunities and nurturing the 'Kalsom' spirit among the stakeholders and to not only touch hearts but also change the students' mindsets.

He said this year's movement received 364 applications as facilitators from Malaysian students studying in 15 different countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States of America, Canada, Poland, Spain, Egypt, Indonesia and Malaysia.

"Out of all the applicants' only 40 facilitators were shortlisted based on their strength and ability to contribute to the programme's modules.

"Other than recruiting Malaysian facilitators, the programme also received 11 international facilitators through the Bristol Commonwealth Cultural Programme and American Fulbright Scholars with the intention to encourage the participants to use English, funded specifically by Royal Commonwealth Society in the United Kingdom," he said.


The workshop focuses on street-smart students and developing their business skills. All beneficiaries of the programme will later be monitored closely through a one- year monitoring plan called Kalsom Harapan.

"We realise that it is impossible to address education inequality overnight, but we hope our small act of kindness in keeping on giving will continue to touch the hearts of others to make a difference in any way that they can.

Just like how it has been for the past 20 years," said Kalsom Movement President Zulikhwan Ayub.

During the programme, students will have the chance to take part in a series of community programmes including Kalsom-English Enrichment Programme to improve the usage of English among secondary school students from SMK Manek Urai, Kuala Krai and SMK(A) Darussalam Kuala Krai, as well as a Foster Family Programme Kalsom Entrepreneurship and Innovation Workshop which will be conducted at the third installment of the programme from Aug 12 – 13 aiming for students from SMK St Peter Telipok and SMK Pekan Telipok.

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