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Sunday, 28 October 2018 00:00

Rising Hope for Quality and Holistic Education

Written by  Tzu Chi Documenting Team, Klang / Translated by Kithanjeele

The Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Sio Kee Hong (left), and the person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Klang, Ang Kim Seng (right), hit the gongs to mark the official start of the charity fair. [Photograph by Chia Heen Kheow]

The ground breaking ceremony of the Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur (TCISKL) on September 16, 2017, marked a significant milestone for Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education in Malaysia. Since then, various fundraising events had been organized for the construction of the school, with its first intake scheduled for January 2020.   


The ground breaking ceremony of the Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur (TCISKL) on September 16, 2017, marked a significant milestone for Tzu Chi’s Mission of Education in Malaysia. Since then, various fundraising events had been organized for the construction of the school, with its first intake scheduled for January 2020.                    

On October 28, 2018, Tzu Chi Klang held a charity fair in SJK(C) Kong Hoe to raise funds for the construction of Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur (TCISKL). This was an opportune moment to invite the community to come together as one, doing good deeds to further the good cause of promoting holistic education which is one of Tzu Chi’s Four Major Missions. The Klang community had setup more than 90 stalls, contributing their time, energy and resources, selling a variety of food and products. This family event included an educational game zone for the kids on the ground floor while the upper floor booths comprised of a photographic art exhibition cum sale, Jing-Si Books & Café products, TCISKL information counter, and scheduled talks on “Modern Day Parenting”.

Roses given, fragrance in hands

The early arrival of so many people before breakfast created long queues at the food stalls and helped set the vibrant atmosphere throughout the day. At 9 am, the Deputy CEO of Tzu Chi KL & Selangor, Sio Kee Hong, and the person-in-charge of Tzu Chi Klang, Ang Kim Seng, officiated the opening of the charity fair.                    

Kim Seng was overwhelmed with emotions when he recalled that six years ago, Tzu Chi Klang last organized a charity fair to raise funds for the construction of Tzu Chi Jing-Si Hall in KL. Now six years on, the number of volunteers has increased and they are helping Tzu Chi to build this school. He said, “The community and volunteers have showed great support because they believe that education can transform a child’s future. We hope this charity fair can raise enough funds to help with the early completion of the International School as it can play a greater role in benefitting more people.”                     
        
“We will bear in mind our gratitude and return the favour in future,” continued Kim Seng, referring to the Tzu Chi volunteers from other chapters like Muar, Malacca, Kuala Lumpur and Selangor, who had rendered their support to the charity fair.

Giving with love and kindness

The charity fair was abuzz with activity; shoppers, vendors, volunteers and people who just wanted to lend their support.

Klang Special School teacher, Juliah binti Jejuli said, “The children were very happy when they knew that they will be having a stall and helping to raise funds for Tzu Chi International School.” Under the teachers’ guidance, the children made many baskets of varying sizes for sale. It was challenging for both teachers and students alike.

Juliah continued, “The teachers had to be very patient as it was difficult for these children to sit calmly for long doing handicraft. In order to avoid temper tantrums and disrupting the whole team, the teachers had to be alert in assigning a different task when they sensed boredom.” At the charity fair, their baskets drew a large crowd and were sold quickly bringing so much joy to the children. Unknown to them, their actions had inspired kindness in others and also in themselves.

The stall selling nasi lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk) was operated by Rukmani and her daughter, Santa. Her family and Santa’s friends had stayed up all night to cook and package 500 packets of nasi lemak for the charity fair. Rukmani is a stroke patient. She regularly travels from Sungai Buloh to see Dr Lim Lian Cheoo in Klang. Dr Lim, a TIMA member, had informed her of this charity fair. “My mother is impressed by Dr Lim’s loving-kindness and helpfulness towards his patients and that inspired her to also do good by contributing to a good cause.”

Rukmani’s other daughter, Chelvi shared tearfully, “We are very grateful to be able to participate in this charity fair. It had brought our family closer together for this meaningful event. Santa, a consultant in the environmental protection related field, added, “I think being in an environment full of kindness and surrounded by kind people made the joy of giving even more special.”

Following the right path to find one’s true self

Unlike the buzz of activity downstairs, the upper floor had a relatively serene atmosphere. Some chose to sip coffee while resting or listening to educational talks relating to Tzu Chi or modern day parenting, or browse and appreciate the photographic art pieces at the exhibition.

Gin Lee Pin from Kepong was happy to take a respite at the photographic art exhibition and chanced upon a piece titled, “A Broad Heart and a Pure Mind”. She happily purchased it as her home lacked such artistic art pieces.

Goh Chun Hean and his child participates in Tzu Chi’s Parent-Child Bonding Class (PCBC). After listening to a volunteer’s explanations on Tzu Chi’s concepts of holistic education and the International School curriculum, he expressed his willingness to enrol his children into TCISKL. He shared, “Tzu Chi’s contribution to society is evident. Its education concept stresses on a balance between knowledge, character shaping and humanistic education, thereby instilling life values besides academic achievements.”

Through the talk by volunteer, Ng Cheng Wee on the topic, “Dear Children, How Should I Love You”, Chun Hean learnt that parents should adopt a “soft” instead of a “stern” approach when raising their children. He hopes to practise what he had learnt as he concurred with Master Cheng Yen’s belief that “There is no child who cannot be taught well. Only parents who have yet to find the right way to educate the child.”

Johari bin Abdul Talib from Klang visited the charity fair with his family. He shared, “My boss is a Tzu Chi volunteer. He always shares with the staff that Tzu Chi is a charitable organization that transcends racial and religious boundaries. Two months ago, I went to Shanghai for an exhibition with my boss and visited the Jing-Si Books & Café there. When I learnt about this charity fair to raise funds for TCISKL, I requested for 15 booklets and invited my friends to support as education is for everyone.” Understanding the importance of holistic education, he hopes to enrol his youngest child to TCISKL after its completion.

Another visitor, Tan Ing Ser, who is environmentally conscious, had been sending her recyclables to Tzu Chi recycling point every month. She picked up two potted plants and placed them into her shopping bag whilst recalling her support of the previous charity fair to build Tzu-Chi Jing Si Hall. “Such events are rare, of course we must lend our support!” she exclaimed.

As a mother, she has confidence in Tzu Chi’s education and wishes to enrol her children in TCISKL in order to instil humanistic values. She said, “I am glad students have more choices of schools such as TCISKL as they are the hope for future generations.”

Tzu Chi’s education principle is founded on “establishing a foundation to grow stronger”. It hopes to further the substantive meaning of Teaching versus Educating, and Academic to Humanistic. It also fosters the importance of morality and character through instilling virtues of kindness, compassion, joy, giving and a purified heart, thereby nurturing a sprout into a pillar of society.

Hopefully, the successful completion of the charity fair can create more ripples of kindness and blessings for TCISKL, a campus that will be a home, a school, and a spiritually-enriching paradise for the children.

 

 

The vegetarian food stalls received an overwhelming response from the public, with the food sold out like hot cake. [Photograph by Lee Eng Foo]   The public had a good time appreciating the art pieces at the photographic art pieces. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

The vegetarian food stalls received an overwhelming response from the public, with the food sold out like hot cake. [Photograph by Lee Eng Foo]
 
The public had a good time appreciating the art pieces at the photographic art pieces. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]
 
Teacher Juliah binti Jejuli (right) from Klang Special School guided her students to produce some handmade handicrafts for the charity sale. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]  

Teacher Juliah binti Jejuli (right) from Klang Special School guided her students to produce some handmade handicrafts for the charity sale. [Photograph by Lee Wei Kean]