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Sunday, 01 March 2015 16:47

Children Developed Good Values in Parent-child Bonding Class

Written by  Diana Ooi / KL & Selangor

In 2015, Tzu Chi KL & Selangor conducted its first Parent-child Bonding Class in English, with participation from 29 pairs of parent-child. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]

It was an historic milestone for Tzu Chi KL & Selangor when the Parent-child Bonding Class (PCBC), attended by 10 pairs and 19 pairs of parent-child respectively, was conducted in English for the first time simultaneously in USJ Subang Jaya and Kelana Jaya. Parents learnt more about Tzu Chi’s missions whilst actively participating in their children’s learning process of good etiquette and great love.


 
On the Sunday afternoon of March 1, 2015, Tzu Chi English Groups in Puchong and Subang Jaya conducted a three-hour interactive class on the Introduction to Tzu Chi and Good Etiquette, with assistance from Great Love Mothers. At the end of the session, parents and children were inspired by Jing Si Aphorisms of developing self-love in order to be able to love others and also cherish their blessings of being able to help others.
 
Overcame challenges to be the first class in English!
 
This was indeed an exciting and much anticipated class for the English group after several months of brainstorming and planning by PCBC Heads, Ma Lay Hwa and Tan Bee Na, together with Programme Leader, Stephanie Chew, and Susan Ong, who was in charge of translation; and Liew Kam Foong as Coordinator.
 
The shared common goals are to spread Jing Si Aphorisms (Master Cheng Yen’s words of wisdom), and partner with “English-speaking” parents to inculcate universal values in their children through fun and interesting activities, such as, storytelling, video, sketch, song and dance, sign language, art and crafts.
 
Kam Foong overcame the challenges of being assigned as second speaker a day before the class, due to last minute absenteeism. Susan also overcame her translation challenges as most of the materials were still in Chinese. It was truly with great love that personal challenges could be overcome, thereby allowing one to grow spiritually!
 
Taught children to be humble and help others in need
 
During the storytelling session, Stephanie related the story of “The Arrogant Fox”, which drew much laughter from the children. Shrii Vetri was so taken by the teaching that he shared his reflection, “We should not always be complaining about other people, or else we will be a ‘complaint pot’!”
 
Twin sisters, Elisa and Elise, personalized their bamboo banks with big red hearts as they now know that they can help many needy people by just putting away five cents daily into their bamboo bank. They are indeed inspired by the humble beginnings of Tzu Chi 48 years ago.
 
Parents very appreciative of Tzu Chi’s Education Mission
 
Sie Kheng Yean, who came with his daughter, Wei Wan, was visibly happy that he signed up for the class. He was happy that the teaching of universal values, which is not taught in schools now, is available through Tzu Chi’s Humanistic Culture Mission.
 
Subarminium a/l Rajalingam and his son, S. Nithiarasan, were happy to be able to participate and spend quality time together. Subarminium, who is partially blind and a kidney patient, was happy that his son could receive this education to help him be a better person.
 
Patrick Wee, who came with his son, Skye, shared the same consensus that this class is important, as non-academic areas of development is not in the present educational system.
 
At the conclusion of this three-hour session, parents and children were very happy and they are looking forward to joining Tzu Chi again next month for their second class.
 
 
Volunteers from Tzu Chi English Group decided to organize Parent-child Bonding Class targeting at the English-speaking group to promote Tzu Chi’s educational philosophies to them. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]   Educational volunteers introduced the “Bamboo Bank Era” to the participants through a sketch. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]

Volunteers from Tzu Chi English Group decided to organize Parent-child Bonding Class targeting at the English-speaking group to promote Tzu Chi’s educational philosophies to them. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]
 
Educational volunteers introduced the “Bamboo Bank Era” to the participants through a sketch. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]
 
The children decorated the bamboo banks and experienced for themselves the spirit of the “Bamboo Bank Era”. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]   Nine-year-old Shi Wei Wen happily drew a heart and wrote her well wishes for everyone on the bamboo bank. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]

The children decorated the bamboo banks and experienced for themselves the spirit of the “Bamboo Bank Era”. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]
 
 
Nine-year-old Shi Wei Wen happily drew a heart and wrote her well wishes for everyone on the bamboo bank. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]
 
Nalini (right) is happy to have found a learning environment full of love for her child. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]   Care recipient Subarminium shared that a child is a gift from God, thus parents should try to understand their child and learn to interact with him/her. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]

Nalini (right) is happy to have found a learning environment full of love for her child. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]
 
 
Care recipient Subarminium shared that a child is a gift from God, thus parents should try to understand their child and learn to interact with him/her. [Photograph by Teh Poh Tat]