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Extensive learning opportunities in Sabah by US Embassy

28th June, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: Around 170 students from seven secondary schools and 30 students from University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) attended the America Day Field Trip programme at UMS library yesterday.

US Ambassador to Malaysia Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir said students were exposed to activities such as skateboarding, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workshop, career talk, and Education USA talk on how to study abroad in the US.

“Besides that, we also have four of our fourteen young American English teachers who are teaching in secondary schools in Sabah, who brought along their students for the activities here.

“We also have an American corner here at the UMS library and we are also doing STEM education together for secondary school students such as on robotics and coding which was conducted by Kinabalu Coders,” she said when met by reporters at UMS yesterday.

Also present was UMS Librarian Dg Rukiah Ag Amit. Kamala hoped that the one-day programme would help students in Sabah to learn and inspired to further their studies.

“We in the embassy would like to encourage and inspire young people especially secondary school students to think about what they want to do in the future,” she said, adding that the embassy is also working on an exchange programme with Malaysian students.

The embassy also has the Youth Exchange Study (YES) and Young South East Asia Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) to which Sabah students are encouraged to apply. It also has an exchange programme for high school students which involve living in the US for six months.

“To date, over 7,000 Malaysians who have participated in YSEALI programme both in the US and the region.

“Our focus at the embassy has been on English language teaching and STEM education. We have been working with universities to bring speakers to open up for students at the university and secondary levels.

“We also have an English teacher who is training Sabahan teachers of English in new techniques and new ways of teaching English to inspire their students,” she added.

Commenting on the relationship between the United States and Sabah, she disclosed that they are currently working closely together on environmental, wildlife and health issue as well as matters of public health research, human-wildlife interaction.

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