BRATs learn about heritage preservation

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Nov 2003

MALACCA: The importance of restoring places with historical significance was what The Star BRATs learnt during their third day of the workshop yesterday.  

A group of 10 BRATs visited the Cheng Hoon Teng temple, the oldest temple in Malaysia, and was taken on a tour of the building.  

The temple’s committee member Tan Hoon Keong briefed the teenagers on restoration efforts and the history of the temple.  

At the same time, another group of BRATs visited The Orang Utan House at Lorong Hang Jebat, where they met artist Charles Cham.  

Other BRATs visited a beaded-shoe shop, Wah Aik Shoemaker, at Jalan Tokong, and home-based nyonya kebaya maker Doris Chong in Taman Desa Baru.  

With the information they collected, the BRATs wrote articles on the places they visited.  

LEARNING EXPERIENCE:Tan taking the BRATs on a tour of the Cheng Hoon Teng temple inMalacca yesterday.During the visit,Tan briefed the BRATs on restoration work at the temple.

The BRATs, consisting of teenagers aged 16 to 19, began the workshop on Saturday with an introduction to the basics of journalism.  

The workshop ends tomorrow, by which time the teenagers would have gone on field assignments, written stories and tackled other editorial activities, and learnt the importance of teamwork.  

BRATs is a programme that aims to expose teenagers to their environment through print journalism. 

The workshop here is the last of three held this year. 

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