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Bountiful Blessings for Tzu Chi International School

Written by  Tzu Chi Documenting Team, KL & Selangor / Translated by Ong Mooi Lin

The groundbreaking ceremony of TCISKL marked a momentous milestone for Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education in Malaysia. [Photograph by Tan Chee Teong]

It was drizzling in the early morning of September 16, 2017. The air felt fresh and the Malaysian and Tzu Chi flags were flying gaily in the breeze, welcoming the 4,665 guests and Tzu Chi volunteers to the groundbreaking ceremony of Tzu Chi International School KL on a 7.67-acre land in Bukit Jalil.


 
Master De Rang and Master De Yuan from Jing Si Abode, Taiwan, arrived at the site for the groundbreaking ceremony in the company of Echo Chien, CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor. Koay Chiew Poh, Low Keong Koon, Lim Geok Choe and Low Swee Seh, CEOs of Tzu Chi Penang, Kedah, Malacca and Singapore Chapters respectively; 81 representatives from the education sectors, including school inspectors, principals, teachers, members of Parent-Teacher Association and school board of directors; entrepreneurs, Tzu Chi volunteers and public members were also present to grace the momentous occasion, which marked a key milestone in Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education in Malaysia.
  
The ceremony began with three strikes of the bell by Dr Tsai Ping-Kun, CEO of Taiwan Tzu Chi Education Mission and a heart-pounding drum performance by 9 members of the internationally renowned Hands Percussion and 18 members of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor’s Entrepreneurs’ Group.
  
It was followed by the entry of a most dignified Tzu Cheng Faith Corps team, marching in with the Tzu Chi flag and the model of Tzu Chi International School KL (TCISKL), followed by members of Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association, symbolizing the solid support of a dedicated group of educationists with a common mission behind the TCISKL.
  
In a most heart-warming scene, some 700 people, comprising students and teachers of Da Ai Kindergarten, children of Parent-child Bonding Class, members of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Group, Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association and Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association, then formed a large circle at the centre and sang while presenting sign language interpretation of the song, “Hope for a Better Future”. Indeed, children are the hope of our nation and providing them with proper education is of utmost importance.
  
Efforts won recognition
  
Tzu Chi was brought to Malaysia from Taiwan more than two decades ago. Over the years, the volunteers’ selfless giving without asking for anything in return has gained recognition and support from the Malaysian society at large, as well as, the local authorities.
  
Deputy Minister of Education, Datuk Chong Sin Woon, made time for the ceremony and affirmed Tzu Chi’s contributions towards the Malaysian society. He expressed his confidence in Tzu Chi’s education, which emphasizes on both academic achievements and character development, with these words: “I have high hope for this international school, which meets the requirements of the Ministry of Education and fits in the educational philosophies of Malaysia. I am confident that it will provide international standard education for all Malaysians.”
  
Dr Tsai, who flew in from Taiwan together with Principal Tai Hsu Chang and Principal Tseng Yao Sung, conveyed blessings for TCISKL on behalf of Tzu Chi Education Mission. Dr Tsai shared that the groundbreaking ceremony of TCISKL signified a big step forward for education in Malaysia towards a comprehensive education system, and more importantly, Tzu Chi’s education can now seam into international education.
  
He informed that TCISKL will strive to ensure the children the best career development with quality teaching staff, who will teach by example in addition to imparting knowledge, as well as a good learning environment and setting. The adoption of Cambridge IGCSE curriculum will also improve the competitive advantage of the students at international level.
  
He added, “The most unique feature of Tzu Chi’s schools is the inculcation of Tzu Chi’s humanistic values. I look forward to this taking root with TCISKL to nurture the students into individuals with global vision and humanistic qualities.”
  
A school built with love
  
Echo Chien mentioned that it was a special and joyous occasion, with everyone there to witness the historic moment when Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education makes further progress in the country. She expressed her gratitude to the volunteers for their commitment over the past 20-plus years, and the public for their support, which made it possible for Tzu Chi’s missions to sprout and thrive in Malaysia.
  
She was also grateful that the land acquisition and other processes had gone smoothly, and hoped that the learning institution built with love and contributions from all will produce outstanding and virtuous talents for the greater good of society.
  
Master De Rang from the Jing Si Abode conveyed Master Cheng Yen’s blessings. “Education is essential to bring hope to the world.” Master Cheng Yen thanked the Malaysian Tzu Chi volunteers for coming together regardless of race and religion to build the learning institution with sincerity and love, and thanked all the kind souls for their continued support to Tzu Chi.
  
Positive support from public
  
Michael Yiin, Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia, attended the groundbreaking ceremony together with his colleagues. He commented, “I am touched, to be present today to witness Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education stepping into its new milestone in Malaysia.”
  
He concurred with Tzu Chi’s educational approach, which not only equips students with professional skills, but also focuses on other aspects, particularly character education. He said, “Inculcation of humanistic values is of utmost importance be it for Taiwan or the world. An individual with good character will be a useful person and will contribute to society.”
  
Having witnessed the operations of Tzu Chi schools in Thailand and Indonesia, he looks forward to the completion of TCISKL to benefit more local students.
  
Richard Towle, UNHCR Representative to Malaysia remarked, “Concepts of Master Cheng Yen to have an international school in KL is a magnificent idea which we support wholeheartedly.” He highlighted that “high quality education built on spiritual values, moral responsibilities and good global citizens can only create fine citizens of the world of tomorrow.”
  
He took the opportunity to thank Tzu Chi for providing healthcare and education to those who are vulnerable and invisible, particularly the refugees; and extended his wishes to Tzu Chi as it embarks on its new goal and a new beginning in its Mission of Education.
  
Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Vincent Tan, Founder of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, was deeply impressed with Master Cheng Yen’s philosophies on education. He remarked, “It covers very important areas like moral and humanistic values. This is excellent and will be great for Malaysians or students who study here. Also, the plan here is for everyone to study three languages – Malay, English and Chinese. This is a very wise and very good move. I believe TCISKL will be very successful and I am very pleased.”
  
He informed that besides supporting TCISKL himself, he will pledge to help to build the school.
  
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As part of the groundbreaking ceremony, guests were invited to make three shovels of sand onto a mound: wishing for the world to be blessed with peace and prosperity, for hearts to be purified and society to be in harmony, and for construction of TCISKL to be completed smoothly. It was a day filled with hope and joy beyond words.
  

 

Invited guests were warmly welcomed by volunteers upon arrival at the groundbreaking site. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]   Following the striking of the bell by Dr Tsai Ping-Kun, CEO of Taiwan Tzu Chi Education Mission, the drum team formed by members of Hands Percussion and Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group gave a heart-thumping performance to kick start the ceremony. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]

Invited guests were warmly welcomed by volunteers upon arrival at the groundbreaking site. [Photograph by Beh Chun How]
 
Following the striking of the bell by Dr Tsai Ping-Kun, CEO of Taiwan Tzu Chi Education Mission, the drum team formed by members of Hands Percussion and Tzu Chi Entrepreneurs’ Group gave a heart-thumping performance to kick start the ceremony. [Photograph by Sam Pin Fook]
 
Over 700 performers, comprising students and teachers of Da Ai Kindergarten, children of Parent-child Bonding Class, members of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Group, Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association and Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association, presented sign language interpretation of the song, “Hope for a Better Future”. [Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan]   Tzu Chi’s comprehensive education system nurtures children from kindergarten through to university level, hoping that they could be the future pillars of society. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]

Over 700 performers, comprising students and teachers of Da Ai Kindergarten, children of Parent-child Bonding Class, members of Tzu Chi Teenagers’ Group, Tzu Chi Collegiate Youth Association and Tzu Chi Teachers’ Association, presented sign language interpretation of the song, “Hope for a Better Future”. [Photograph by Lai Jih Chuan]
 
 
Tzu Chi’s comprehensive education system nurtures children from kindergarten through to university level, hoping that they could be the future pillars of society. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]
 
Master De Rang from Jing Si Abode conveyed the blessings from Master Cheng Yen. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]   Everyone waited with anticipation as the Tzu Cheng Faith Corps team marched in holding golden shovels for the groundbreaking ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]

Master De Rang from Jing Si Abode conveyed the blessings from Master Cheng Yen. [Photograph by Chan Tuck Meng]
 
 
Everyone waited with anticipation as the Tzu Cheng Faith Corps team marched in holding golden shovels for the groundbreaking ceremony. [Photograph by Lee Kok Keong]
 
From right: Michael Yiin, Datuk Chong Sin Woon, Master De Rang, Master De Yuan, Echo Chien and Lim Geok Choe at the groundbreaking ceremony. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]   Everyone present gladly seized the opportunity to “shovel” their blessings for TCISKL. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]

From right: Michael Yiin, Datuk Chong Sin Woon, Master De Rang, Master De Yuan, Echo Chien and Lim Geok Choe at the groundbreaking ceremony. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]
 
 
Everyone present gladly seized the opportunity to “shovel” their blessings for TCISKL. [Photograph by Lim Su Nguan]