Thursday, April 25

21 going for reciprocal sisterhood programme in South Korea

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SISTERHOOD PROGRAMME: Marcus (from row, centre) with teachers and students who will be going for the sisterhood programme from Oct 14-27.

MIRI: Eighteen students and three teachers of St. Joseph Secondary School, Miri will be leaving for the sisterhood programme – International Educational and Cultural Homestay Students’ Exchange at Imgok Middle School, Anyang City, Korea from tomorrow.

This was in response to a similar programme by 20 Korean midldle school students at the school from July 10-31 this year.

St. Joseph is the only school in Sarawak who had introduced such a programme, first initiated last year when 30 students and three teachers from St. Joseph went to Korea. The school principal Marcus Gau Lian will lead the team for the programme from October 14 – 27.

“With the theme “Towards Globalisation”, we regard this students’ exchange as a privilege and honour, especially to our students.This programme will enable them to see deeply into Korean heritage,” said Marcus.

The students will visit important places such as The Yonsei University, Botanical Garden, Grand Park, Samsung Electronics, Korean Folk Village and Hwaseong Fortress.

The students will also hold a Malaysian Cultural Night with Malaysian delicacies and a “Dikir Barat” performance.

In addition, they will stay with foster parents and attend classes during normal school hours.

Marcus said for the students, the programme also means an opportunity for reinforcement of the new curriculum of the Ministry of Education whereby every student is evaluated based also on their performance beyond the four walls of their classrooms.

Marcus said they hoped to achieve seven important objectives of this programme.

Among them are having first hand knowledge and experience of a different culture, promoting the 1Malaysia spirit of unity, respect and harmony, promoting a world class education system especially proficiency in the English language besides promoting tourism through uniqueness and diversity of cultures and hospitality.

Marcus thanked the Ministry of Education and the school’s Parent- Teacher Association for supporting the programme.