Unlocking talents of students via the arts
Published on: Saturday, October 20, 2018
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Kota Kinabalu: Tapping the talents and ability of students while still young is important to identify and harness their passion towards something they will eventually be good at.Apart from tertiary education, students are able to learn soft skills such as performing arts through various programmes and events if given chance, said Jenifer Lasimbang Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation.

She said this during a courtesy call by members of the Rotary Clubs from Likas Bay and Kinabalu Sutera.

She was invited to officiate their joint-project called "Rotary Lit Showcase 2018" which to be held at the Mini Auditorium Hall, Putrajaya, Manggatal next month.

Jenifer said it is high time more students from rural areas are given the opportunity to shine their way in whatever they are passionate about.

Performing arts is one of the ways to improve soft skills such as English, acting skills, public speaking and so on.

"We should look at our students inner talents aside from studies. I believe skills and ability to do something they enjoy will be very helpful for their future well-being and go a long way to sustain them," said Jenifer.

Leading the courtesy call were the presidents of two clubs, Francis Ng of RCKS and President CP Lim of RCLB.

Organising Chairperson Emily Chong said the project is first to be introduced by Rotary Clubs and more would be carried out in future involving other schools.

Preparing the students from young would be good investment and would go a long way to sustain their ability, said Emily.

OC Emily and OC Audrey Koh were hopeful that this project would continue to enhance skills and discover more talents.

On whether the ministry could offer financial assistance to help them as an NGO to lessen the expenditure, Jenifer advised them to apply to the Ministry follow up.

"I see no reason why we (Ministry) could not help you share the cost in pursuing this meaningful project.

Important thing is all our students benefit from the programme and be inspired, hence they are able have vision to move forward.

Our youth are our assets who are the next leaders of our country," stressed Jenifer.

OC Audrey, who is a teacher, agreed that such pilot project would unlock the talents and skills of the students. She urged members of the public to come and support the event.

"Fifteen students per school, each from SMK Nambayan in Tambunan, SMK Narinang in Kota Belud and SMK Kinarut, Papar are set to take the stage by storm and debut their theatre and drama talents," Audrey disclosed.

Also present were Assistant Governor Datin Chua Soon Lan, Past District Governor Phillip Chong, Past Assistant Governor Christina Aluda and Rotarian Fia Iskandar.


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