A TOTAL of 13 teachers and students from SMJK Sam Tet in Ipoh participated in the 11th Istanbul International Children’s Day event held in Turkey recently.
The students were from the school’s choir club and symphony orchestra.
The cultural exchange programme was organised and hosted by the Harmonfolk organisation in Turkey.
Participants of the event visited two schools, namely Uskudarata Secondary School and the AlemdagEmlakKonutlari Secondary School.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the schools to foster better ties between the students from both countries.
The students from Turkey were fascinated by the Malaysian culture, especially when students from Sam Tet combined songs and dances of the various ethnicities in the country into a single national dance.
The students also participated in activities organised by the local schools in Turkey by attending English, Physical Education and music classes. During the music class, the students had the opportunity to learn how to play the Turkish drums.
Besides that, the students were also taken on a tour of a few historical places in Istanbul.
Among the places were the Panorama 1453 Historical Museum, which had panoramas on the conquest of Constantinople, the Miniaturk Museum, which has miniature forms of the greatest monuments in Turkey, the famous Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque in Istanbul as well as the Uludag Snow Mountain in Bursa.
The students and teachers from Sam Tet played the role of ambassadors and presented Malaysia as beautiful and friendly to the people in Istanbul.