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Sunday, 05 November 2017 00:00

TC Study & Awards Scheme Brought Positive Changes

Written by  Tzu Chi Documenting Team, Malacca / Translated by Yi Qin

This year, Tzu Chi Malacca approved the applications of 1,050 needy students from Malacca for the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme after due assessments. [Photograph by Ng Hai Ming]

On November 5, 2017, Tzu Chi Malacca held two sessions of Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony. This year, a total of 1,050 primary and secondary school students from Malacca were approved for the Scheme, which aims to not only provide financial assistance to needy students, but also to nurture their character.


Master Cheng Yen always underscores that education is not merely about imparting knowledge, but also about instilling virtue and good character in students, so that they will always observe propriety in their daily dealings.

In line with the Master’s teachings, Tzu Chi Malacca prepared a self-assessment booklet* for each primary and secondary school beneficiary student, where they were required to set their goals and constantly reflect upon themselves. By so doing, they gradually became more aware of their demeanours and developed good habits. Their parents, teachers and Tzu Chi volunteers were also involved in the process by monitoring their progress and offering them encouragement and advice from time to time.

In order to motivate the students to strive to better themselves, five awards were also given to students with commendable conduct, namely, Filial Piety Award, Morality Award, Academic Excellence Award, Academic Progress Award, and All-rounder Award.

As for Form 6 and tertiary students, they were required to participate in community services instead of filling up self-assessment booklet, and were entitled to the All-rounder Award. This year, the voluntary services were also extended to specially recommended secondary school beneficiaries, and they were given an option to either fill up the self-assessment booklet or to fulfil 12 hours of voluntary services within a year. The purpose of involving the beneficiaries in voluntary services is to make them understand that the donations are pooled from the public bit and bit and are spent for the benefits of society. Besides, they would also learn about their social responsibilities, and learn to serve and repay society.

Kiew Pin King, a school inspector from the Central Malacca District, commended Tzu Chi for taking into consideration various aspects in offering the Scheme to needy students. He remarked that the Ministry of Education also offers study grants to help needy students, however, assessments are made based on their families’ financial standing; unlike Tzu Chi, which also takes into account their characters. He was deeply moved to see the positive transformations of the students, thanks to the volunteers’ untiring efforts in conducting home visits and constantly reviewing the beneficiary students’ progress through their records in the self-assessment booklets.

Growing day by day

Ellisya Iryana, a Form 4 student, was awarded the Academic Excellence Award for the second time since last year. She had no issue observing the proper conduct as listed in the self-assessment booklet, as it is also the constant reflection that has helped her to become more disciplined.

She said, “It helped me to better manage my time between doing my revision and other stuff.” With a pre-arranged timetable, she was able to not only focus in her studies, but also make time for other things. Her persistence has rewarded her with an outstanding score of eight A’s in the Form 3 Assessment (PT3) last year.

Her mother, Ivoyusti binti Jalius remarked, “Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme has helped to relieve the burden on my daughter’s educational fees. She has been studying hard to show her appreciation and to repay the kindness.”

Goh Chiew Yan, a Primary 6 student, was recommended for the Morality Award for the first time. She shared, “Now, I would help my mum with house chores, and I understand that we should not waste food because many people are living without food.”

Chiew Yan used to shy away when she saw her teachers. But ever since she was recommended for the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme, she took the courage to greet her teachers, and it has become something natural for her to do. She was happy for her teachers’ affirmation on her positive changes.

Daily self-reflection

It was the fifth time for Lai Wilson, a Form 5 student, to become a beneficiary of the Scheme. He shared, “I used to be short-tempered, but having to fill up the self-assessment booklet had reminded me to control my temper.”

To him, the booklet is like a guide, which helps him to nurture good character and moral values, and keep a good attitude when interacting with others. He aims for excellent results and enrolment into a public university, so that he could improve his family’s financial situation and repay his parents’ kindness.

Kunavathi attended the presentation ceremony for the second time together with her three children. She emphasized on her children’s education, for she knows that only education could change their life for the better. She was gratified at her children’s commendable attitude in their studies.

She informed that she would go through her children’s self-assessment booklets daily and her children too would strive to achieve the targets they set in the booklets. Her daughter, Rachel, who was awarded the Academic Excellence Award, wished to become an accountant when she grows up, while her son, Shalom, was grateful for the award. He found the booklet useful in re-evaluating himself daily. He said, “It takes only five minutes to reflect and assess myself daily, then I would set my plans and targets for the next day.”

Vasuki a/p Selleppan, Principal of SJK(T) Merlimau, who has been attending the presentation ceremony together with the teachers and her students for four years, was glad to see the improvements in the students’ character and academic achievements. She shared, “Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme is the best! There is something new each year, and it engages the teachers and parents in caring for the students.” She looks forward to seeing mutual growth in the school and the students.

Each study grant or award handed to the students is a recognition of their relentless hard work. It is also a ray of hope, which will lead them to a brighter future.

* A self-assessment booklet includes a student’s attendance records, and self-evaluations of whether or not he/she is proactive in learning, respectful of the elders, courteous, helpful, tidy, and appreciative of resources. The parents and teachers play a role in monitoring the students’ progress and motivating them to make further progress.

 

 

On November 5, 2017, Tzu Chi Malacca held two sessions of presentation ceremony for the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme, attended by the beneficiary students and their parents. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]   Lai Wilson used to focus on his studies and paid no attention to his dealings with others. Having to fill up the self-assessment booklet has helped him to observe and improve his temperament. [Photograph by Hong Geok Hui]

On November 5, 2017, Tzu Chi Malacca held two sessions of presentation ceremony for the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme, attended by the beneficiary students and their parents. [Photograph by Chin Fook Kuen]
 
Lai Wilson used to focus on his studies and paid no attention to his dealings with others. Having to fill up the self-assessment booklet has helped him to observe and improve his temperament. [Photograph by Hong Geok Hui]
 
Principal Vasuki (2nd right) has been attending the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony for four years in a row. She looks forward to mutual growth in the school and students. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]   Some beneficiary students were invited to share their stories with the audience at the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]

Principal Vasuki (2nd right) has been attending the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony for four years in a row. She looks forward to mutual growth in the school and students. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
 
Some beneficiary students were invited to share their stories with the audience at the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme presentation ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Kin Chee]
 
Through a sketch depicting some common scenes in daily life, the Master of Ceremony led the audience to reflect on the lessons. [Photograph by Alex Tan Ah Lek]   Holding a self-assessment booklet, volunteer Loh Siew Cheng explained to school inspector, Kiew Pin King (1st right), and Principal Tan Boon Heng (2nd right) the significance of the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]

Through a sketch depicting some common scenes in daily life, the Master of Ceremony led the audience to reflect on the lessons. [Photograph by Alex Tan Ah Lek]
 
 
Holding a self-assessment booklet, volunteer Loh Siew Cheng explained to school inspector, Kiew Pin King (1st right), and Principal Tan Boon Heng (2nd right) the significance of the Tzu Chi Study & Awards Scheme. [Photograph by Quek Kah Hoon]
 
It was the second year Ellisya Iryana was awarded the Academic Excellence Award. [Photograph by Ng Hock Thai]   Rachel (2nd right) and her brother, Shalom (1st left), have been using the self-assessment booklet as a reminder for them to strive for improvements. Their mother, Kunavathi (2nd left) was gratified with their positive changes. [Photograph by Ngow Judy]

It was the second year Ellisya Iryana was awarded the Academic Excellence Award. [Photograph by Ng Hock Thai]
 
 
Rachel (2nd right) and her brother, Shalom (1st left), have been using the self-assessment booklet as a reminder for them to strive for improvements. Their mother, Kunavathi (2nd left) was gratified with their positive changes. [Photograph by Ngow Judy]