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2017 Tzu Chi Teenager Camp

Written by  Documenting Team / KL & Selangor

At the children’s sessions, the teenagers get to experience their mothers’ tough times during pregnancy. [Photograph by Daniel Hwang Zhao Xiang]

The 2017 Tzu Chi Teenager Camp was held from July 28 to July 30, at KL Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. Through various inspiring games, the 300-plus participants, comprised of Tzu Chi Teenagers and their parents, had a great time learning and bonding together.


This year, three members of Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association Taiwan, namely Li Wen Yi, Guo Lian Xian and Chen Jian Ming, were invited to conduct lessons for the participants. They introduced role-playing games for the children and their parents to experience each other’s hardships and feelings, so that they could better appreciate each other.

The programme centred around two main themes, namely, filial piety and self-exploration. For certain sessions, lessons were conducted separately at different venues for the children and parents respectively. At parents’ sessions, volunteers shared about their experience in parenting and managing in-law relationships, while at the children’s sessions, the teenagers get to experience their mothers’ tough times during pregnancy and the fathers’ challenges in supporting their families.

For more than half a day, the teenagers were required to experience being pregnant with a balloon stuffed in their t-shirts. They had to do everything while protecting and taking care of the balloons just like how the mothers would protect their fetuses. Having to bear the balloons wherever they went and perform some simple acts, such as, squatting down, tying shoe strings and washing clothes as instructed by the station master, the teenagers realized that some simple acts became much more difficult during pregnancy.

The teachers also explained to the teenagers that physical inconvenience aside, the mothers would also undergo maternal physiological changes in pregnancy, and they could develop pre-natal and post-natal depressions. The teenagers were then asked to brainstorm the probable causes of depression.

Teacher Chen took the opportunity to share with the teenagers: “While carrying a baby brings joy to the family, the birth of a baby also brings life-time worries to the parents.” He reminded the teenagers to be grateful of their parents’ kindness and be filial to their parents.

Volunteer Law Siew Lee, who was in-charge of one of the experiential activities, then shared her feelings as a mother. In a humorous tone, she related how she nearly pulled out the hospital bed rails while in labour due to the excruciating pain. This drew laughter and chuckles from some teenagers. Then, when it was time for the teenagers to share what they had learnt post activity, a participant, Khor Cheng Yang, immediately went forward and said, “Many of you chuckled when the station master mentioned that she nearly pulled out the bed rails, but my heart was aching. She is my mum. I am the eldest child in the family and I only came to this world after mum suffered intense labour pain for a long 12 hours.” Upon finishing his words, he offered his mother a big, warm hug. The heart-warming scene moved all present, and a warm round of applause filled the hall.

The series of experiential activities enabled the teenagers to understand the profound kindness of their parents and that they should not wait to fulfil filial duties. The teenagers also learnt that life is precious, so they should appreciate it and live life to its fullest.

 

 

On the second day of the Tzu Chi Teenager Camp (July 29), the cultural foyer was lively with more than a hundred colourful balloons floating in the air. [Photograph by Daniel Hwang Zhao Xiang]   Volunteer Law Siew Lee instructed the teenagers to do some prenatal exercises together so that they could better experience the life of pregnant mothers. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

On the second day of the Tzu Chi Teenager Camp (July 29), the cultural foyer was lively with more than a hundred colourful balloons floating in the air. [Photograph by Daniel Hwang Zhao Xiang]
 
Volunteer Law Siew Lee instructed the teenagers to do some prenatal exercises together so that they could better experience the life of pregnant mothers. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]
 
The teenagers, who played the roles of parents and family members, appreciated family unity through the activity. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]   Woon Li Jun removed the bandage from his knee so that he could complete the experiential activities with more flexibility. [Photograph by Chin Sek Moy]

The teenagers, who played the roles of parents and family members, appreciated family unity through the activity. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
 
Woon Li Jun removed the bandage from his knee so that he could complete the experiential activities with more flexibility. [Photograph by Chin Sek Moy]
 
Yip Ley On came to appreciate the profoundness kindness of parents and that one should appreciate life. [Photograph by Chin Sek Moy]   Wie Zun Lin was grateful to his parents for bringing him to this world. He promised to be filial to his parents. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]

Yip Ley On came to appreciate the profoundness kindness of parents and that one should appreciate life. [Photograph by Chin Sek Moy]
 
 
Wie Zun Lin was grateful to his parents for bringing him to this world. He promised to be filial to his parents. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
Khor Cheng Yang was the first participant to share his feelings after the station master, Law Siew Lee, who is his mother, shared about her pregnancy experience. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]   The parents and children embraced each other after the experiential activities. It was a gesture of understanding and acceptance. [Photograph by Look Foot Seong]

Khor Cheng Yang was the first participant to share his feelings after the station master, Law Siew Lee, who is his mother, shared about her pregnancy experience. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]
 
 
The parents and children embraced each other after the experiential activities. It was a gesture of understanding and acceptance. [Photograph by Look Foot Seong]