BECOMING a prefect brings with it onerous responsibilities, and leadership skills are a must.
The theme, United we stand, divided we fall, was selected for a get-together of prefects from 14 secondary schools in Kuala Lumpur, held at Sekolah Sri Garden.
In his address to the participants, Sekolah Sri Garden principal Lim Chong Guan said: “Leadership skills are essential for young people.
Opportunities to acquire these skills should be readily available. Such skills are best acquired by prefects in the course of their duties at school.”
Sekolah Sri Garden's prefect adviser Haslina Talib urged the prefects to respect people’s differences and set team goals.
“Effective teams happen when there is co-operation. Share the glory and accept the blame,” she added.
The students took part in a variety of activities, games and discussions designed to teach them leadership skills.
In groups comprising students from different schools, and facilitated by teacher advisers, the prefects presented solutions to difficult situations encountered at school.
They reflected on occasions when they were compelled to take action, what they did to make a difference and how their actions have impacted the lives of their school mates.
Through honest discussions, they learned to assess other people's needs and improve their communication skills. The prefects also got a chance to show off their thespian and musical talents on stage.
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