KELANTAN: The #StandTogether National Kindness Tour inspired the students from the east coast to embrace kindness in their mission to prevent bullying in their schools.
The goal of the tour is to create student and teacher kindness ambassadors to act as leaders in their school and share the information obtained from the Kindness Tour Workshops with their peers.
"I am very excited to be a kindness ambassador," said student Murni Irsaliza Mohamad Zain, 16, from SM Sains Sultan Mahmud.
"The information I learned today is new and very necessary for my school, and I want to see more of these workshops in Malaysia."
Murni shared that she noticed the youth of her generation have gotten normalised to behaviors which she discovered after the workshop, is bullying.
The tour is organized by Digi as a part of the #StandTogether National Kindness Week Campaign with main sponsors and partners SP Setia,Star Media Group Berhad and Unicef Malaysia. The #StandTogether Campaign aims to prevent bullying in schools using by using kindness.
Kelantan State Education Department Guidance and Counselling Officer Mohd Shamsul Nazari Isa believes the knowledge provided during the tours equipped both teachers and students to identify and deal with bullying in school in the long term.
"I believe the kindness ambassadors will be good role models for their peers- judging by their reactions, they will definitely go back to school and also share their knowledge with their friends who will be affected." said Mohd Shamsul.
The second leg of the #StandTogether Kindness Tour kicked off on Wednesday last week in Kuantan and has since reached Terengganu and Kelantan and created 366 new Student Kindness Ambassadors, bringing the total amount of teacher and student ambassadors to over 2,000.
SMK Sungai Soi student, Mimi Hafiza Dzureena Md Dom took her new role to heart and believes that there is a lot that needs to be done to change the perception of her peers towards lesser known aspects of bullying, such as social bullying.
"I don't just want to be known as a Kindness Ambassador, I want to be an effective one- So when I go back to school, I will go back and propose to run a bullying prevention program in my school," said the 16-year-old student.
"Through this workshop I learned how to deal with mental bullying, how to help those who are bullied and how to encourage kindness in my peers- kindness doesn't end because when you are kind to someone, it motivates those people to be kind to others and it will spread."
The emphasis on kindness in the campaign is a relatively unique concept in Malaysia, International Medical University Senior Lecturer and workshop trainer Alexius Cheang quipped that he has noticed a lot of people are initially sceptical of the concept.
"When you first hear it, it might sound silly but the research that I have read shows that using kindness a more effective way to prevent bullying is to increase focus on the positive instead of the negative, if we do this, eventually we will be able to counter the bad," said Cheang.
The Kindness Tour is set to run their workshops in Kuala Lumpur and in East Malaysia in early July.Students and teachers interested in signing up for the free #StandTogether Kindness Tour workshops can contact Pn Rozniza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the #StandTogether campaign, go to www.standtogether.my.