Storytelling competition can foster unity in schools, says NGO

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 15 Aug 2019

Azizah says students should not be confined to writing their pieces based on school history text books.

MELAKA: A non-governmental organisation (NGO) here is proposing that the Education Ministry launch a National Day storytelling competition on the contribution of various races towards nation building.

Melaka Consumer and Environment Association’s (PPASM) education and woman bureau chief Azizah Harun said the suggested competition must be in Bahasa Melayu and vernacular schools should be encouraged to participate.

“Let the children think creatively and search various sources for prominent figures or civilisations that had contributed to the history of this country.

“Students shouldn’t be confined to writing their pieces based on school history books but do their own research on materials available at libraries and online, ” she said in an interview with The Star.

Azizah said for instance, a quick search on the Internet revealed an article by the then British Administrator Sir Frank Swettenham on the contributions of the Chinese to Malaya and the vast influence of the Majapahit Kingdom to the local civilisation which the younger generation was unaware of.

“Storytelling will also strengthen the Bahasa Malaysia proficiency among pupils of vernacular schools apart from encouraging unity, ” she said.

Azizah hoped Education Minister Dr Mazlee Malik would focus on highlighting the contributions of various races to the country and narrow the racial gap in schools.

“Currently, there is no proper programme to help foster racial unity among our young, ” she said. Azizah said her association will also organise a gathering in conjunction with the National Day celebration with students at either Alor Gajah or the city centre on Aug 30.

“The venue will be decided once we get approval from the relevant authorities, ” she added.

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