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Sunday, 17 May 2015 12:05

Inculcating Humanity through Education Sponsorship Scheme

Written by  Tee Pei Na, KL & Selangor / Translated by Ong Mooi Lin

Seventy-five students from 28 schools in Klang got together happily, waving the “Tzu Chi Interaction Book” in their hands. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

On May 17, 2015, beneficiaries of Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme attended a half-day humanities lesson. It is hoped that the programme will inculcate and guide the students to become role models for moral and academic achievements. Since its introduction two years ago at Tzu Chi Klang, the psychological improvement of the beneficiaries is remarkable. As a result, it has received positive response from the schools and the teachers.


 
On May 17, 2015, and accompanied by their parents, 75 beneficiaries from 28 schools in Klang participated in the Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme’s humanities lesson-cum-study aid presentation ceremony held at Tzu Chi Klang.
 
After registration, volunteers separated the students into two groups, that is, Mandarin and Malay, so that they could interact effectively.
 
Good cause through accumulation of five-cent coins
 
“Boys and girls, do you know what this five-cent coin can do?” This experiential game of “Good cause through accumulation from small contributions”, which marked the start of the humanities lesson, aimed at fostering love and kindness in the students.
 
In the game, the students were instructed to line up and drop a five-cent coin into a small container. Eventually, the accumulation of five-cent coins had generated sufficient “weight” to light up the bulb. It was a splendid experience for the parents and children, who were participating for the first time.
 
Volunteer Lai Chai Wei seized the opportunity to edify them, “Please do not assume that since others have contributed, your share is not needed. We must continue spreading love to light up the world.” 
 
After the experiential game, the participants joyfully shared, “When we witnessed the bulb lighting up through our collective efforts, it was overwhelming.”
 
At the self-reflection moment, the touching story of Thinesh Kumar a/l Narayanasamy, who was born without legs, was screened. This story had motivated the students and parents to fight against all odds when encountering life’s difficulties. Fifteen-year-old Muhamad Raziq bin Mohd Rashid, student of SMK Raja Mulu said, “Even though Thinesh is born without legs and have difficulties moving around, he had persevered and made it. I want to use his story to motivate myself too.”
 
Breaking through the barrier of poverty for education
 
Despite poverty, Muhamad Raziq, whose ambition is to become a nurse, is determined to persevere in the pursuit of his dream. After receiving the study aid, he said gratefully, “I tried very hard to apply for sponsorship to ease my parents’ burden, and this has finally been realized. I will use this money to pay for my tuition fees, buy books and save up the balance.”
 
Come rain or shine, the obedient and understanding Muhamad Raziq would walk in his torn and worn-out shoes for 2 km to school. In spite of this, he never blames his parents for not providing him with abundant material things.
 
Despite their hardship, Muhamad Raziq’s parents are very concerned about his education for they understand that only through education would their child have a better prospect in the future. His mother, Rahimah Ahmad expressed, “We do not need allowance for food, it is sufficient just to sponsor our child’s education.”
 
His father, Mohd Rashid Sulong added, “We did not put too much hope when our child applied for this Education Sponsorship Scheme; we were merely trying our luck. This sponsorship has really eased our burden. My son can go for tuition to improve on subjects he is poor in, for example English and Mathematics.”
 
Even though this was his first contact with Tzu Chi, he has learnt about the Foundation through a brief introductory video. He commented that the word “Tzu Chi” sounds like the Malay word “suci”, which means pure, spreading love regardless of diversity in race and religion.
 
Forty-one-year-old Qiu Xiu Feng accompanied her thirteen-year-old niece, Qiu Cai Qi, to the programme. Understanding the family’s financial hardship, she shared, “I didn’t feel like coming due to some family matters that cropped up last night. However, being here today, I have learnt a lot. I am grateful to Tzu Chi for rendering help to so many people and I have learnt not to give up on whatever I do.”
 
Cai Qi, whose leg was still in plaster due to an injury, said gratefully, “I am most grateful to my aunt.” As Cai Qi does not attend tuition classes, she will utilize the money to purchase exercise and reference books to ease her aunt’s financial burden.
 
 
At the close of the event, when volunteers raised funds for the Nepalese quake victims, the participants responded eagerly by dropping some money into the bamboo banks. With love in one’s heart, there is the ability to help others.
 
 
Volunteers respectfully presented the study aid and bamboo banks to the students. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]   The students responded eagerly to the “Send Love To Nepal” fundraising activity. They have learnt to be generous by helping others.[Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]

Volunteers respectfully presented the study aid and bamboo banks to the students. [Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
The students responded eagerly to the “Send Love To Nepal” fundraising activity. They have learnt to be generous by helping others.[Photograph by Lai Kin Hoong]
 
Muhamad Raziq, a secondary school student, generously inserted coins into the bamboo bank, manifesting the spirit of humanity. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]   Seventy-five students happily took a group photograph at the Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme activity. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

Muhamad Raziq, a secondary school student, generously inserted coins into the bamboo bank, manifesting the spirit of humanity. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]
 
 
Seventy-five students happily took a group photograph at the Tzu Chi Education Sponsorship Scheme activity. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]
 
The “Good cause through accumulation from small contributions” experiential game allowed the students to gain a better understanding that many small amounts make a mickle. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]   Qiu Cai Qi (right) participated with her left foot still in plaster. She intends to utilize the allowance awarded to purchase exercise and reference books, hoping to ease her aunt’s financial burden. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]

The “Good cause through accumulation from small contributions” experiential game allowed the students to gain a better understanding that many small amounts make a mickle. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]
 
 
Qiu Cai Qi (right) participated with her left foot still in plaster. She intends to utilize the allowance awarded to purchase exercise and reference books, hoping to ease her aunt’s financial burden. [Photograph by Ng Su Lim]