Helping students rise to the challenge


Forty schools are involved in the collaboration between Taylor’s College and the Education Ministry. The project aims to remind students to practise safety and good hygiene in the new normal.

MANY are concerned that schools are hotbeds for diseases, with hundreds or even thousands of students congregated in one area, five days a week.

While Malaysia has periodically closed its schools in red zones, this can only be a temporary measure.

As countries around the world cope with balancing the health of its citizens and resuming economic and educational activities, health experts and the World Health Organization have made one thing clear — the onus is on each and every one of us to take action and flatten the curve.

To lend a helping hand and in the spirit of #KitaJagaKita, Taylor’s College launched an initiative with the Education Ministry in 40 schools over two years to remind students to take preventive measures, with messages reaching about 50,000 students in the Klang Valley.

These messages, in the form of billboards, posters and stickers pasted around the school vicinity, emphasise the 3Cs and 3Ws of safety and hygiene practices in the new normal.

The images feature Risers, who are Taylor’s ambassadors, who remind students of the 3Cs, namely to stay away from crowded places, confined spaces, and close conversation. Additionally, the 3Ws consist of recommended practices such as washing hands, wearing masks and taking heed of warnings to follow the correct procedures when displaying Covid-19 symptoms.

“We hope these messages will create awareness that adopting good social and hygiene habits in the new normal is crucial,” said Taylor’s College campus director Josephine Tan.

“In the spirit of #kitajagakita, I believe all of us can get through these challenges during the pandemic and rise above it, together.

“We understand that students and teachers may also have many worries during this time.

“The spirit of community is important, hence we hope that the Risers communicating these messages would equip students with relevant knowledge and let them know that they are welcome to interact with a Riser — kakak or abang — for any advice they may need,” she added.

To make up for the limitation on physical events and activities during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period, Risers have been actively creating content for the benefit of students on the Risers website, mobile app and social media. These include articles and videos on relevant topics such as mindfulness, mental health and study tips for secondary school students.

The portal and app is also an avenue for students to interact with other secondary school students and the Risers, to discover their passion, future careers and university pathways.

The Risers app is available on Google Play Store or Apple App Store. For details, go to https://college.taylors.edu.my/the-risers.html.

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