ABOUT 60 SJKC teachers from Kuala Lumpur and Selangor spent a whole day exploring creative ideas and preparing interactive teaching materials through a programme organised by Star Media Group at Menara Star, Petaling Jaya.
The Kuntum Dalam Darjah (KDD) programme which encourages the use of Kuntum magazine in the classroom was introduced to schoolteachers as an innovative teaching tool to improve vocabulary and comprehension and for fun class activities.
Launched in October 2010, the KDD programme is in line with state education policy to diversify teaching and learning methods among schoolteachers in order to encourage pupils’ interest, especially among vernacular school pupils, towards improving their command of Bahasa Melayu.
The 39-year-old monthly bilingual educational magazine comprising 80% Bahasa Melayu and 20% English content is aimed at motivating children aged six to 12 to expand their knowledge on topics ranging from mathematics and science to robotics and languages.
The programme was officiated by Star Media Group chief executive officer Andreas Vogiatzakis.
Kuntum editor Norlia Jaafar said the programme was part of Star Media Group’s corporate social responsibility effort.
During the introduction, Norlia highlighted that the children’s educational magazine included physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual elements.
“We believe Kuntum will help schoolteachers as it is an entertaining magazine that complies with classroom assessment and based on the national education philosophy, peppered with interesting visual graphics.
“This magazine can draw out pupils’ talent in poetry writing, storytelling, essay writing, colouring, drawing, inventing, solving quizzes and riddles, ” she said.
The magazine also contains exercises to help pupils hone their Mandarin skills, which they can also do online through video tutorials with Cikgu Tang on Kuntum’s YouTube channel, Kuntum Star.
A workshop at the event was facilitated by KDD trainer Norafizah Abdul Razak from SK Seri Biram in Pekan, Pahang.
Norafizah said KDD was in line with the Education Ministry’s Nilam programme objectives for pupils in levels one and two.
“Basic literacy skills will be emphasised for level one pupils in order for them to master listening, speaking, reading and writing techniques through well-planned lessons.
“For level two pupils, Bahasa Melayu language learning focuses on strengthening literacy and language application skills, both oral and written, ” she added.
On hand to promote Kuntum magazine subscription and incentives were group audience management executive Sundarrajan Packirisamy and Kuntum executive for circulation Sharifah Thuraizah Sayid Hasan.
Upcoming ground events by Kuntum are at Petrosains Science Festival at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) Park from Nov 1 to 3, MED Coopreneur Carnival at Putrajaya from Nov 8 to 10 and year-end school holiday roadshows at National Science Centre, National Museum and Kidzania Kuala Lumpur from Nov 23 to Dec 20.
Its website, www.kuntum.com.my, lets readers stay up-to-date with the latest activities such as “Program Jelajah Sekolah” (school visits), “Kempen Galakan Membaca” (reading campaign) and UPSR workshops.
Readers can also follow Kuntum mascots, Pintar and Comel’s adventures on the Kuntum Star YouTube channel.
For more details, visit Facebook (Majalah Kuntum Malaysia), Instagram (majalah_kuntum) and Twitter @PintarComel.
Also present at the programme were Selangor Education Department officer Mohd Zaki Abd Rahman and Selangor district education officers Rubiaton Ibrahim and Nor Hayati Mohd Shaharim.
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