Actress lends support to create kinder environs in schools

PETALING JAYA: Thirty lucky teachers and school principals in the southern region will get a chance to meet actress Lisa Surihani this Sunday thanks to the #StandTogether National Kindness Week campaign.

Lisa, one of Malaysia’s most well-known celebrities and a Unicef ambassador, will be speaking at an exclusive event at SK Kota Dalam, Johor, about how to create a kinder environment in schools.

“This campaign is not about highlighting the word ‘bully’, but giving a solution to the problem, which is kindness,” said Lisa who first pledged her support for the campaign during its launch in November.

“It all boils down to how we enforce kindness and empathy in the younger generation, which is why I am happy the campaign is going nationwide. We are trying to get the best possible outreach.”

The event, which will start at 10am, will include a Q&A session with Lisa and former Education Ministry director-general Tan Sri Dr Wan Zahid Mohd Noordin.

Teachers interested in attending need to email a short introduction about themselves and their schools to

Registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis, and will close on Friday, March 2.

Lisa will be speaking about how to create a kinder environment in schools at SK Kota Dalam. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS /The Star.
Lisa will be speaking about how to create a kinder environment in schools at SK Kota Dalam. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS /The Star.

The #StandTogether campaign was developed by R.AGE and property developer SP Setia in response to the spate of horrific bullying and school violence cases last year.

The campaign’s goal is to create a National Kindness Week programme which will be observed by schools every year in the first week of April.

SP Setia had initially launched bullying prevention initiatives through its adopted Setia Caring Schools, including SK Kota Dalam.

“SP Setia wanted these initiatives adopted on a larger scale, hence the collaboration with Star Media Group and R.AGE,” said Wan Zahid, the chairman of SP Setia.

“I think our approach to tackling bullying by promoting kindness is the right way to go. It is better to encourage something positive instead of only punishing the bullies.”

For more information on the #StandTogether campaign, log on to or go to its website