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Sunday, 10 July 2016 00:00

Enlightening Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Class

Written by  Nam Geok Ting & Lee Heng Lun, Seremban / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

Volunteers guided the teenagers on making handicrafts from recycled items. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]

For the month of July, Tzu Chi Teenagers held their monthly class by organizing a treasure hunt game and handicraft session using recycled items. The aim was to add fun during the learning process.


July 10, 2016, was the monthly Tzu Chi Teenagers’ activity day in Seremban. Volunteers arrived as early as 7 am to affix 36 Jing Si Aphorisms at various corners of the centre, some at visible walls and some hidden. Participants started arriving after 8 am and the class commenced on time at 9 am.

The curriculum for the day was more of a dynamic nature and was divided into two sessions: Hunting the Jing Si Aphorisms and producing handicrafts using recycled items.

Practical use of Jing Si Aphorisms

During the first treasure hunt game, the teenagers were required to match sections of Jing Si Aphorisms affixed on the wall correctly in an hour. Before the start of the game, volunteers thoughtfully recited the Jing Si Aphorisms aloud for the benefit of the new joining teenagers who might not be familiar with the aphorisms.

When the game commenced, everyone began running around orderly in search for the Jing Si Aphorisms. They even discussed among themselves before filling up the handouts. Time passed by quickly and some newcomers, who had not completed, began to feel nervous. Volunteers then gently consoled them: “It does not matter if you did not manage to complete. Most importantly, you have learnt Master’s wisdom from the aphorisms.”

Sixteen-year-old Sam Ee Siang learnt each Jing Si Aphorism by heart and he felt that the aphorisms are full of wisdom which could help one when handling people and situation in their daily lives.

For extrovert Tan Kien Hui, his favourite aphorism was, “To forgive others is in fact being kind to ourselves”. He believed in Jing Si Aphorisms being his food for thought as he has learnt not to be stubborn and to get angry easily.

Creativity in recycling work

The second session proved a test of creativity for the teenagers. Volunteers had provided the teenagers with various recycled items, including ice cream sticks, CDs and coloured papers. The teenagers were grouped into three teams and each team was given one type of recycled materials.

The group given the CDs had drawn on the blank side of the CDs using colour pencils while the group with ice cream sticks had produced mini models of chairs, tables, swing and so on. Given the coloured papers, the third group created many graphic designs of different shades. Everyone gave their full concentration and deep thoughts in their artwork as some of the students’ creativity were real eye-openers.

Fifteen-year-old Elaine Ng Jing Ying has been following her mother and grandma to the recycling centre every month to help out hence she was no stranger to the recycled items. To her, all the recycled items could be reused upon cleaning. She had worked on her handicraft seriously even though it was her first time, and she made sure the final product was a piece of art and not just merely a recycled item.



The objective of the course is to enable the teenagers to learn Master’s wisdom through Jing Si Aphorisms, and turn recycled items into useful handicrafts to protect the Earth.

 

Volunteers shared with the teenagers on how to develop wisdom. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]   Teenagers eagerly participated in the treasure hunt game. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]

Volunteers shared with the teenagers on how to develop wisdom. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]
 
Teenagers eagerly participated in the treasure hunt game. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]
 
Sam Ee Siang felt that Jing Si Aphorisms are good in helping one to handle various situations. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]   The teenagers had shown great creativity in turning recyclables into handicrafts. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]

Sam Ee Siang felt that Jing Si Aphorisms are good in helping one to handle various situations. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]
 
 
The teenagers had shown great creativity in turning recyclables into handicrafts. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]