It is undeniable that the world we live in is a melting pot richly interwoven with various culture, heritage and nationalities, and it is integral for students to understand, embrace and celebrate these diversities. As such, 5 students of local and foreign nationalities from KDU University College, accompanied by two of its Student and Alumni Centre (SAC) staff as facilitators, participated in the 3rd Diversity and Inclusion Youth Camp 2015. The aptly themed ‘Open Hearts and Minds’ three-day stay-in camp was held in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor, from 26th to 29th March 2015.
The KDU entourage convened with more than a hundred participants from local and overseas national and private institutions of higher learning, including students from Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.
In partnership with Harmony Works, the organiser with incorporation of several private universities and individual volunteers, hoped to create a safe, positive and nurturing environment for the participants, where they can understand more about diversity and inclusion. A group of trained facilitators spent time with participants to examine their own prejudices, and instil the values of mutual acceptance and respect within each individual. Speakers from Harmony Works, Ms Hamidah Marican and Patricia Nunis, inspired participants with new thoughts and insights.
“The camp was a great eye opener to see things in better perspective. During one of the quiet time we had on the last day, I was made to realise how I took certain things for granted, and everything has to begin from me and no one else if I wanted change to happen. I treasure the time spent there and will teach others what I learnt in the camp, and be an ambassador of diversity,” said Dorcas Precious Pandala, a student of KDU’s Foundation in Engineering.
As for Boey Zhi Xuan, a Cambridge A-Level student from KDU’s School of Pre-University Studies, she realised how easy it was for one to ‘climb up the ladder of inference by resting on assumptions’ when she engaged in frequent conversation with participants from all over the world. In order to hold a meaningful, satisfying conversation, she will determinedly make an effort to listen without discrimination in the future.
For Foundation Studies student Aisha Limamu, the Cultural Night held on the final night of the camp impressed her very much. “The night was so nice, there were so many different cultural costumes with various performances from different groups of people. This has helped me understand more about diversity and inclusion,” she quipped.
“I can conclude this with a quote from an Indonesian student – ‘One flower doesn’t make a bouquet, many do’. Diversity is very closely tied to an art. One colour does not make the painting an art, two is always better than one. A mixture of colours will, for sure, make the painting an art. With that, I will always keep in mind that Earth, can’t be spelled without ‘art’,” enthused A-Level student Yusheila Sheralyn.
It was definitely a fruitful learning experience for the KDU entourage, who not only gain new knowledge and experiences, but also created lifelong friendships and indelible memories.
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