A ONE-DAY camp titled “Eok Kwan Enrichment Camp” for pupils and teachers of SJK (C) Eok Kwan, Pengkalan Hulu, was held at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science of Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) Perak earlier this month.
Organised by the faculty, the camp was attended by 10 teachers and 34 pupils and is part of the faculty’s community engagement initiatives.
Present to welcome them were faculty dean Dr Alia Azalea, Department of Languages and Linguistics head Christina Ong Sook Beng, and Department of Psychology and Counselling lecturer Andrew Au Soon Kay.
Dr Alia said she was glad to have all of them at the campus for the enrichment camp.
“I hope all of you will enjoy the rest of the day and learn something new,” she said, adding that she also appreciated the fact that the pupils and teachers of the school travelled all the way from northern Perak to the campus.
School principal Hoo Yu Pee said he was grateful for the arrangements made by the faculty.
“We hope that the teachers and pupils will learn something new at the end of camp,” he said.
Hoo also introduced the school as a multiracial Chinese primary school with a sizeable student population of Malay, Indian, orang asli and Thai descent.
Several of the university’s English Language undergraduates conducted language games for the primary school pupils, such as Word Family Game, Rhyming, Making Mental Images and Treasure Hunt to spark the pupils’ interest in learning English.
The teachers, on the other hand, were taught strategic reading methods by a Utar senior lecturer, followed by a talk entitled Parenting Today’s Generation by the Department of Psychology and Counselling’s lecturers.
At the end of the camp, Hoo said the enrichment camp was a great platform for the teachers to learn from dedicated lecturers and for the pupils to have fun learning outside the classroom.
“The talks have also allowed us to rethink and redefine our very special roles as educators,” he said.
Year Six pupil S. Suphaphorn said the camp was fun despite it being held for just one day.
Besides learning that English is an interesting and useful language, I also learnt about the importance of teamwork through games such as Treasure Hunt,” she said.