Psychology students from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman organised a series of emotional intelligence workshop at SJK(C) Sin Min, Tronoh Mines New Village earlier this month.
Seventeen psychology students conducted the workshops as part of their coursework.
“These workshops are to enhance children’s emotional intelligence by improving their capabilities to be aware of and express their emotions in healthy and constructive ways,” said workshop supervisor and lecturer Pheh Kai Shuen.
He added that the workshops emphasised the learning of emotional-regulation skills, such as breathing and relaxation techniques that children can apply in their daily lives.
The series of workshops was organised by Tronoh Mines Community Club in collaboration with the Utar Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FAS), SJK (C) Sin Min, Tronoh Mines New Village and Tronoh Mines Village Safety Association Committee.
Tronoh Mines Village Head Chan Ah Lok said he welcomes such collaborative projects that benefit children.
“Such efforts have been established since 2011 and have significantly improved the learning environment of the children in the village, particularly the community library.
“I hope Utar and Tronoh Mines New Village will further strengthen our collaborative efforts and continue to improve the quality of life of the villagers,” Chan said.
At the launch of the workshops, Deputy Finance Minister Senator Datuk Lee Chee Leong expressed his gratitude to project leader Dr Cheah Phaik Kin, the Tronoh Mines Community Club and their partners who work tirelessly for the best interests of the village.
Psychology student Gan Yee Chen said she was happy that she could share her knowledge with the children there.
“I sincerely hope tat the children are able to gain more knowledge and become adept at controlling their emotions after the workshops,” she said.
“By interacting with the children and gaining insights into their behaviour, these workshops allow me to gain more experience in dealing with children for my future,” said psychology student Yap Ming Yi.
The Tronoh Mines Community Club is a community engagement project initiated by FAS’ Department of Public Relations.
The club operates a community library open to the public in Tronoh Mines New Village.
The library committee consists of Utar lecturers, SJK(C) Sin Min staff and committee members of the Jawatankuasa Keselamatan Kampung Persekutuan Tronoh Mines, who volunteer their time to serve the community.