MIRI: Students of technical and vocational institutions are encouraged to get involved in volunteer activities with their local communities.
Kolej Komuniti Miri director Fadil Aziz said that the spirit of volunteerism should be inculcated in youths to mould them into caring members of the society who would be patriotic leaders of tomorrow.
“Involvement in volunteer and community service enable students to pick up new skills or enhance existing skills besides touching lives,” Fadil said in his speech during the inaugural ‘Kembara Siswa Patriotik 2018 Siswa Bersama Komuniti Zon Miri’ programme at Dewan Kampung Lembah Hijau here recently.
He added that the programme organised by the Education Ministry, Student Development Division, Department of Higher Education in collaboration with Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), was held in conjunction with National Day and Malaysia Day celebrations.
He commended Kolej Komuniti Miri for being selected as the manager for Miri Zone in collaboration with Teachers’ Training Institute (IPG) Sarawak Miri as well as five other education Institutes.
About 100 volunteers comprising students from IPG Sarawak Miri, National Youth Skills Training Institute (IKBN) Miri and Kolej Komuniti Miri were involved in ‘gotong-royong’ (work party) for a herb garden, cleaning up the area and preparing a ‘kenduri’ (feast), academic empowerment programme (UPSR workshop and colouring competition), short course on skills enhancement and health checks from Kospen..
Primary school students and pupils from SK Lopeng Tengah, SK Kampung Luak, SK Agama, SK Pujut Corner, SK Riam Batu 2, Taska Sedidik Kampung Lembah Hijau as well as those from the national-level healthy community programme (Kospen) participated in the programme.
“The idea of the garden herb was from head of Kampung Lembah Hijau, Adam Malek Han who hoped that students and youths would get to know herbs commonly used in Malaysian cuisine,” he added.
Adam was also present at the event which was closed by Miri Resident Sherrina Hussaini.