The foster family programme which ran for three days and two nights was managed by the Bureau of Students Affairs, DPP YAB as a means to train UUM students to become leaders of high calibre whilst establishing rapport with the villagers nearby.
Kenali KampungKu, Lambaian Kasih and a cooking competition amongst the village folks of Teluk Kandeh were among the activities carried out throughout the programme. Participation came from as far as Sabah, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang and Kuala Lumpur.
Special Officer to the Kedah Menteri Besar, Mr. Syamsul Anuar Ismail representing the Menteri Besar, in his speech said the programme aims to expose students to cross cultural aspects.
"I understand that students who are involved in this programme come from various states. So I hope that students who participate in this programme can foster a close and long-lasting relationship with their new adoptive parents even though the programme takes place for a relatively short period of time, "he said during the opening ceremony.
He added that indirectly the programme will give positive impact on students as well as the local community.
Meanwhile, Director of the programme, Ms. Raudhah Dawan said that the programme provides countless benefits to students, particularly in instilling generic and leadership skills whilst enhancing good relations and cooperation with the villagers.
"The main goal of this programme is to train UUM students to enhance their self-confidence when dealing with the public, especially when the time comes for them to attend job interview.
Most of them will be apprehensive and timid when faced with potential employers. So by getting involved in this programme, they have the opportunity to groom themselves with the needed skills and values for their future, "she said.
Mr Yaacob Haji Awang , a member of theTeluk Kandeh Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) lauded and called for more of such programmes to be held in the future. He said that such programmes provide exposure to the younger generation of Kampung Teluk Kandeh. Motivational programmes for children in the village would certainly inspire them to achieve success and ultimately lead them to enrol themselves into the university as students.
The presence of the Principal of DPP YAB, Madam Sharima Ruwaida Abas made the programme even more meaningful. Participants clearly showed their support and enthusiasm when many took part in the spontaneous performance, poetry recital, singing competition and sketches.
Translated by Mahaliza Mahadhir
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