NEVER in a million years did Anis Diana Anuar, 18, ever consider teaching as a career.
That was, until she entered Form Four and met her English Language teacher Bavani Rajendran.
Anis Diana says she fell in love with the way Bavani connected with her students, that she could picture herself standing in front of the classroom someday doing the same thing.
She says her former teacher would write personal notes and comments when she marked their work to encourage or guide her charges.
“We were weak in English but Mrs Bavani would want all of us to speak the language in class.
“Even it’s broken English, so long as it was English, it was okay with her,” Anis Diyana adds.
Admitting to being “just an above average student,” she says she hopes to enrol in a teachers’ education institute to pursue her dreams of becoming an English Language teacher. She was also one of seven students chosen from her school SMK Pulau Indah, Port Klang to take part in the Danajamin100 programme.
The programme is a leadership enrichment programme by Danajamin Nasional Bhd for selected Form Four students from Pintar schools.
Anis Diana is also the recipient of the Tokoh Danajamin100 award - a special award in recognition of her outstanding participation and positive values in the three-year programme.
She adds that the activities in Danajamin100 forced her out of her shell. Among them was a two-day kayaking journey around Pulau Pangkor.
She adds that everyone had to be a leader at some point during the exercise which had them using kayaks to circle the island.
The youngest of three children, says that she was nervous when they had an interview during the first session of the camp.
“It was the first time we were asked to do an interview all in English,” she says.
Over the three years though, her confidence skyrocketed and at the recent Danajamin100 graduation ceremony, she took to the stage.
She easily commanded the audience’s attention with her thank you speech that was clear, concise and, most importantly, heartfelt.
She thanked her mentors who, she says, were there not only to guide them throughout the course, but also would lend a listening ear whenever she faced issues.
“Danajamin100 is a testament of our commitment to improve the communities in which we operate through quality education.
“We envision the graduates to be respected leaders with strong leadership values and ethics, contributing towards shaping the next generation,” says Danajamin Nasional Bhd chairman Datuk Mohammed Hussein during the graduation ceremony.
During the graduation ceremony, all 30 students were presented with certificates and a contribution of RM1,500 in the form of an SSPN-i account. — By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM
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