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English Language programme empowers rural women to help kids in their studies

23rd April, 2019

AFTER almost three months, a programme on English Language Literacy Advocacy and Women Empowerment came to an end on Saturday.

The event was jointly organised by Jabatan Hal Ehwal Wanita Sabah (JHEWA), Persatuan Masyarakat Brunei Sabah (PMBS), and Sabah English Aspiration Society (SEAS) to empower rural women in Membakut area so that they can help their kids in their studies.

According to SEAS Founder Dr Zainab Kassim, 20 women have successfully completed the course and she was very happy with their achievements.

“The subjects covered include English conversation, parental tips, family financial management, basic Quran recitation and religious knowledge, and women’s health, among others.

“One unique activity was the compilation of interesting bilinguals and common phrases in English and Brunei-Sabah dialect,” she said, adding that trainers with different expertise were invited to conduct the three-month trainings.

Another historic event held during the closing ceremony was the launch of ROSE (Removing Obstacles to Cervical Screening) programme in Sabah which is an initiative jointly organised by University Malaya and VCS Foundation.

ROSE aims to eliminate cervical cancer amongst women in Malaysia using an evidence-based and revolutionary approach to cervical cancer screening that is woman-centred and technology-driven.

In conjunction with the closing of the English Language Literacy Advocacy and Women Empowerment Programme, and an English Clinic for children in the English Corner of SK Pg Jaya Pimping, Membakut was also conducted during the launching of ROSE programme in Sabah SEAS.

“The session started with storytelling which honed the children’s listening and comprehension skills.

“This was followed by word games and a treasure hunt which allowed the children to utilise their vocabulary and reading abilities.

“Lastly, there was an arts and crafts activity where the children learnt how to make paper pangolin hats.

“All these activities encouraged the children to learn, read, and practice English in a fun and conducive environment.

“The children were eager and showed confidence in speaking up, thanks to these creative and innovative English clinics,” she said.

The head of ROSE, Prof. Woo Yin Ling stated that the children expressed their amazement with SEAS English Corner activity.

Caitlin Wong, 13, who visited SEAS for the first time noted that the English corner was a well thought-out concept and conducive place to learn. She really liked the collection of books there.

Meanwhile her brother Ethan, 9, was very impressed by how the children were so well-behaved and could speak English well.

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