Unlike their other peers, underprivileged students may not have the opportunities to be exposed to the world outside their boundaries. Usually, it is not because they are incapable, but because there is a lack of opportunity for them to shine and nurture their talent. Our team goes beyond the office walls when reaching out to the students and the community of our 9 adopted schools across the region.
These schools are SK Batu Maung, SMK Batu Maung, SK Bukit Changgang, SK Bukit Pinang, SK Pokok Sena, SK Pengkalan Chepa, SK Wira, SK Petagas and SK Pulo. It touched our hearts when we learned that having a vision of flying high and reaching for the stars is almost absent among these children. They just do not know any better. Still, we saw hope and anticipation to succeed in the eyes of every child we meet.
Going hand in hand with teachers, we embarked on programs that enabled the children to discover, develop and appreciate their own undiscovered talent and creativity. We ‘Gave them wings and let them fly’. They have learned that English requires only practice and confidence, whilst Science and Mathematics is not so daunting after all. Our children who were once shy to talk can proudly recite beautiful English poems and perform a live act before an audience for our interschool drama competition. For instance, Mohd Fitri, a reserved Sabahan boy of SK Petagas, Kota Kinabalu, who rarely speaks to his friends, have composed an English essay expressing his love for his late parent that later won him the Golden Pen Award; an essay writing competition.
English, Science & Math lessons have become more stimulating and thrilling with fun and exciting projects run by our Beyond Borders school ambassadors - a pool of teachers who are rejuvenated and transformed by our workshop experience. With the spirit of Beyond Borders inculcated into our schools, we are proud to say that they have evolved from their previous state to one level beyond, and after going through this journey with them for 3 years, we are pleased to leave our legacy behind. Our mission is to empower the students to take the leap and to go beyond their borders in pursuit of a better future.
Little did we know that this simple programme of ours has touched the lives of every student and teacher who were involved, in many positive ways. With this knowledge, the spirit of Beyond Borders is now being expanded to 10 new schools. The schools are SK Olak Lempit, SK Labu Ulu Batu 8, SK Semabok, SK
Rika Ulfat, MAHB