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Published: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 15, 2013 MYT 10:58:02 AM

Youths learn to reach out to Baby Boomers

PETALING JAYA: One has to be able to communicate across various generations to succeed in life, said Gathering of Youths for Unity (Goyfu) organiser Anas Zubedy.

Anas said that the event was crucial because there was a constant need to bridge generation gaps between Baby Boomers, Gen Xs and Gen Ys.

“Though each generation views the world differently, they still want to communicate better with each other. Those who make an effort to reconcile their differences will succeed in life,” he said.

Some 100 youths, consisting of lecturers and students from public universities, took part in the event, themed “Gen Y: Looking Forward into the Future”.

Participates taking their photo during gathering of youth for unity in Wisma MIM at Petaling Jaya. December 14, 2013. FAIHAN GHANI/The Star.
Believe in your selfie: Participatants in various poses during the gathering at Wisma MIM at Petaling Jaya.

Katelyn How, 21, said that the programme taught her how to communicate better with older people.

“I learnt ways to improve communication with my seniors in Universiti Malaya (UM),” said the anthropology and sociology student.

Katelyn’s sentiment is echoed by a fellow UM student, 21-year-old Vijayapriya Seaker, who said that the programme gave her insight on why a barrier exists between her and her family members.

“The presenters showed us how to work effectively with people from different age groups. I can apply what I learnt to improve my own relationship with my parents,” said Vijayapriya.

Universiti Teknologi Mara lecturer Noli Maishara Nordin, 31, commended the programme for helping her understand her Gen Y students better.

“One of the characteristics identified as being unique to Gen Y individuals is “dependency”. With this information, I can focus on finding ways to encourage my students to be more independent in their approach to studying,” said Noli.

Tags / Keywords: Education, baby boomers, gen x, gen y, goyfu, anas zubedy

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