Instilling value of cultural unity among the young
Last Update: 08/09/2019
IPOH, Sept 8 -- The Malay saying, ‘to bend a bamboo while it’s still a shoot,” is literally put into practice by the educators of Big Apple Kinta Riverfront Preschool and Kindergarten here by organising a Multi Cultural Fiesta programme in conjunction with the celebration of the National Day last week and the coming Malaysia Day on Sept 16.
Its principal, Rohani Hasshim said the programme was held for the first time to expose children from as young as two years old to the cultural values of the country with people of various races and religions.
“We bring parents, children and members of the public to a special place in this programme. We want to introduce to the children the cultures of various races found in Malaysia namely Malay, Chinese and Indian,” she told Bernama.
Rohani said there were three sections featuring the diversity of the three races in the programme apart from dance performance by Form Four students of Sekolah Menengah Tarcision Convent Ipoh with the assistance from Perak Department of Culture and Arts.
“We also presented the food and traditions of each race. We even have a sedan chair used by the Chinese community during wedding ceremony apart from a bullock cart for the children to ride and even learning to make pottery.
“We took about a month to prepare but it was worth it when the children were excited while the parents also joined in the games they used to play when they were young,” she said.
Meanwhile, M. Janardhane, 32, said as a mother, she said the programme should be continued not only for kindergarten children but also for other levels.
“Such activities build unity among the various races. If we do not introduce culture, religions and other races from young, they would grow up to gather with their own race only.
“It’s a good exposure for them,” she said and added her son, Arjun Ishvar, 3, who is studying in the kindergarten is very excited with the programme.
For Irna Julieza Maaras, 35, programme is good in introducing and exposing young children to the diversity of races in the country.
She said her daughter, Aqila Zahraa Ahmad Fadzli, 4, was very happy and had woke up at 6.30 am to put on her baju kurung kebaya for the programme.
“She is excited! Her teacher told her come in the national dress tomorrow. so we got the suitable dress, she added.