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Saturday, 14 February 2015 10:50

Groundbreaking for Tampin’s Da Ai Kindergarten

Written by  Tham Yok Seng & Peng Jin Yan, Tampin / Translated by Jacqueline Khoo

Every shoveling action is a blessing for Tzu Chi’s Da Ai kindergarten in Tampin. [Photograph by Zhang Yi Wei]

Construction of the Tampin Da Ai Kindergarten had commenced on February 14, 2015, with wholehearted contributions from its residents. “This is testimony that our quality educational concept aimed at ‘character shaping, life education and holistic education’ has been recognized,” said Li Xiu Lan, person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Tampin.


 
In 2011, Tzu Chi volunteers in Tampin bought a piece of land at Taman Indah for the purpose of building a kindergarten to fulfil Master Cheng Yen’s expectation for quality and holistic education to be provided for the local children. 
 
After converting the land title and finalizing the architectural design, as well as, holding a charity sale on September 29, 2013, to raise funds for the building, the groundbreaking for the kindergarten was finally carried out on February 14, 2015. It is expected to be completed in September 2015.
 
Lim Geok Choe, CEO of Tzu Chi Melaka, led the offering ceremony. Amidst the solemn chanting of the Buddha’s name, everyone prayed and wished sincerely for the fulfillment of Master’s expectation for quality education to reach the Buddhas. Later, volunteers shoveled the soil to signify that Da Ai Kindergarten has finally set foot in Tampin.
 
In her speech, Li Xiu Lan, person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Tampin said, “We are very grateful for Master’s gift. Tampin’s residents contributed their money and efforts to support the construction of the kindergarten wholeheartedly. This is testimony that our quality educational concept aimed at ‘character shaping, life education and holistic education’ has been recognized.” She also appealed to the residents to grab the opportunity to send their children to the kindergarten for their education.
 
Lim Geok Choe also encouraged the volunteers in Tampin to manage this kindergarten wholeheartedly; and even though most of them are not from the educational field, they could eventually acquire the relevant expertise with mindfulness and from learning through the process.
 
Proficiency comes with mindfulness
 
Peng Jia Si, who suggested the building of the Da Ai kindergarten, was deeply touched, while her husband, Yao Jian Bo, related with mixed feelings, “Looking for the right location was a big challenge. When we almost gave up, there was hope again, leading us to the current location. Some people were doubtful when we raised funds, and the architectural plan was changed more than 20 times. But, with Dharma (in our hearts), there are always ways to settle problems. Finally there’s a satisfying result.”
 
Project Planner, Chen Shun Fa, could not understand why the application to convert the land title was initially rejected, despite consultations with those in the legal field. After spending the whole night reading the laws and regulations on civil societies carefully, he finally found the solution. He explained, “The local authorities mistook ‘Taiwan Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation’ as a foreign foundation, thus decided that it did not comply with the regulations. We then went to the registry for civil societies and obtained verification that Tzu Chi is a local foundation. With that done, everything went well. My biggest gain was that I learnt a lot from scratch. Indeed, proficiency comes with mindfulness.”
 
Tham Mee Ying, a local resident, was happy to see that a kindergarten with excellent educational quality is being established in Tampin. She felt that emphasis should also be placed on academics to meet the demand of this era.
 
Lawyer Zhou Zi Qiang, who stays right next to the kindergarten, stated that he will send his grandchildren to the kindergarten in the future. He said, “I think that when the kids are still young, we should not have high expectations on their academic performance, but emphasize more on life education. Just go in accordance with Tzu Chi’s humanistic philosophies will do.”
 
The construction of a building is just a start, but the connotation of education will be the direction for generations of Tzu Chi volunteers in Tampin to work on.
 
 
Tzu Chi volunteer, Chen Shun Fa, learnt that “proficiency comes with mindfulness” through the process of the kindergarten construction. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]   Volunteers prayed for blessings at the groundbreaking ceremony. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

Tzu Chi volunteer, Chen Shun Fa, learnt that “proficiency comes with mindfulness” through the process of the kindergarten construction. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
Volunteers prayed for blessings at the groundbreaking ceremony. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
Li Xiu Lan, person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Tampin, appealed to the residents to grab the chance to send their children to the kindergarten for their education. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]   Lawyer Zhou Zi Qiang agreed with Tzu Chi’s educational philosophies, and hoped that he could send his grandchildren to the kindergarten for education upon its completion. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]

Li Xiu Lan, person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Tampin, appealed to the residents to grab the chance to send their children to the kindergarten for their education. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]
 
Lawyer Zhou Zi Qiang agreed with Tzu Chi’s educational philosophies, and hoped that he could send his grandchildren to the kindergarten for education upon its completion. [Photograph by Tay Chun Wie]