Sharing The Meaning of Gratitude to Refugees

12 July 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

We are always excited looking forward for the festival season to enjoy – buying new clothes, eating delicious variety foods and playing firecrackers. But did it ever occur to you if the festival season is the same for everyone else? How about the downtrodden community who wish to live in the happy moment, but could not have the chance to do so? We spend our hard-earned money in firecrackers and bonfires during festival seasons, where the underprivileged or marginalized community could only just look at the sky, hoping for a miracle with tears in their eyes.

Having said that, the Taylor’s Community team has recently spent sometime at Fugee School, a refugee school located in Gombak, organising Eid Mubarak charity drive donation delivery. A big thank you and appreciation to Taylor’s Hostel Management for arranging the charity drive which has turned the refugee kids festive season into a more cheerful one this year. To make a difference in someone’s life does not require giant steps, but instead baby steps are enough to create meaningful impacts. The students were so happy and excited participating in the event and joyfully engaged themselves in activities conducted by the Taylor’s Community team on last Monday, 16th July 2018.

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Building Furniture with Refugees

9 July 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

Could you imagine studying in a school with no furniture? Or using old and broken furniture that were thrown away? Unfortunately, this is the reality for countless underprivileged and marginalised communities in many parts of the Malaysia. From no access to electricity to the inability to receive basic education, many of the issues pervading communities around the country can be attributed to the absence of basic infrastructure and facilities.

For the refugee communities, majority of the students have limited access to the basic facilities of life. Therefore, the school facilities can have a profound impact on both teacher and student outcomes and contribute greatly to improved learning environment.

With that Taylor’s Education Group recently partnered with Ayer Holdings Berhad, a property and plantation group on a furniture building project for the Chin Student Organisation (CSO) centre in Puchong. Organised and led by Ignition Lab, a creative learning centre that focuses on utilizing carpentry tools to encourage creative thinking and problem solving skills amongst children & youth, the project was initiated with an objective to instil learning through contribution where school fixtures and furniture will be built for the Chin Student Organisation (CSO) centre in Puchong.

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Inspiring Marginalized Youths in Engineering Field

31 May 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

Engineers like the idea of claiming their primacy as problem solvers. But while this ability will always be critical for engineers, there is more to engineering than just solving problems. Engineering careers have become highly diverse over the past 50 years. They are now tackling complex social issues such as poverty, inequality, disaster recovery or climate change. Their work is in mega cities and small towns, remote communities and in both high and low-income countries. Taylor’s University is catching up with this new reality, where missions to educate the less privileged youth about engineering field were instilled in the modules of School of Engineering (SOE).

SOE Senior Lecturer, Douglas Tong made sure that his students understand that, as future engineers, they can go beyond just learning how to design and build things. Students need to understand that engineering is also about dealing with the community and the issues of public interest. On 26th & 27th May 2018, 103 SOE students under the Community Service Initiative module ran an engineering workshop to inspire 64 marginalized youths from Dignity for Children Foundation and SOLS 24/7 to take ownership of their lives, to commit to their education, to see a good future for themselves and perhaps to consider a technical career as a stepping stone to a better life.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with Refugees

26 May 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

When we look at our mother, we are looking at the purest love that any human being could ever give. The struggles that mothers endure from the very moment all of us were created is the responsibility of a lifetime. They shine through the toughest moments to ensure their families are protected and taken care of as they put their families before them. This stays true even for refugee mothers – where the struggles are tougher as they had to stay alive.

‘Warrior Women – The Strongest Women In The World – MOTHERS!’, is a Mother’s Day collaborative celebration between Taylor’s Community (under Group CSR department) and Al-Hasan Volunteering Network for the refugee mothers. The event saw 83 mothers and 113 children from various countries like Syria, Somalia, Palestine, Iran and Yemen came to Taylor’s Lakeside Campus on 13th May 2018 for the joyous full-day filled with activities.

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IMAGINE: A World Fit For You & Me

22 May 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

Do you know that Children’s Rights does not only cover the basic needs for physical protection, food, education and healthcare but also includes things like freedom from discrimination – be it race, gender, religion or disability. Yet, around the world, millions of children are denied a fair chance for no reason other than the country, gender or circumstances into which they are born. Awareness and knowledge of the society on these matters are extremely, as our children today will be our leaders in the future.

To build the awareness on children’s right, Majlis Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Malaysia (MKKM) organised a Senior Child Advocates Workshop titled “IMAGINE: A WORLD FIT FOR U & ME” in collaboration with StudyHub Malaysia, Digi Telecommunications Malaysia and Taylor’s Education Group here in Taylor’s Lakeside Campus. Held on 12th May 2018, the programme aimed to empower, educate and inspire 35 children between the age of 13 to 24 years old of various backgrounds including refugees, Orang Asli, disabled, underprivileged and 2 Taylor’s students that attended this event to become child advocates.

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Graduation! A Proud Moment for the PPR Folks

16 April 2018 one comment Amelia Ooi

Program Keusahawanan Taylor’s – CIMB Islamic 2018 hit a new milestone on 14th April 2018! This program started as a small project in 2017 and has grown more than 5 times in 2018. This year, we kicked of the program with a series of motivation talks in January to recruit aspiring entrepreneurs from the underserved community for a competition worth RM500, 000. Almost 200 people from PPR (Projek Perumahan Rakyat) Gombak Setia, Pantai Dalam area, Taman Putra Damai Lembah Subang, Sungai Besi and Kampung Muhibbah community signed up for the program.

Being the second year, this program continued to adopt the previously deployed business canvas model by Taylor’s Business School (TBS). Students and lecturers from TBS joined forces with our Taylors Community coaches with a mission to educate and prepare them for their presentation session to CIMB Islamic Bank. After a vigorous phase of coaching, a total of 127 participants successfully ‘graduated’ Education Phase and they pitched their business ideas today to a panel of 38 judges at Taylor’s Lakeside Campus.

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Beyond the Classroom and into the Community

28 March 2018 one comment Amelia Ooi

In many local universities and colleges, it is common to a student’s day to largely consist of sitting in the lecture theatre, listening to a lecture, and taking notes in preparation for an exam or quiz. In Taylor’s, we recognise that life learning and leadership skills is the core to be a productive leader who gives back to the society. With that, the institution aims to provide holistic education and instil​ learning for the head, heart and hand. Therefore service learning has an essential part of preparing students to take their productive place as leaders in the global community.

Earlier this month, the Foundation students of Taylor’s University Business School embarked on a 3-week journey with the PPR Gombak Setia participants of the Program Keusahawanan Taylor’s-CIMB Islamic 2018. Named as ‘The Apprentice Initiative’, students in groups created mock companies with their vision, mission and objective to equip the community with business and marketing knowledge. The companies, completed with company logos and organisational structures, were given the assignment to act as the consultant to the participants, who was then their clients. This gave students an opportunity to explore academic interests through a real world lenses.

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Internship Service Learning: A Reflection by a TEG Intern

21 March 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

As we all know, the purpose of an internship programme is to allow students to experience what is the real working environment and to put academic knowledge into practice. However, Taylor’s Education Group Internship Programme is definitely different from other internship programmes, but what makes it stand out from others? The answer lies in the structure of the programme. Apart from gaining real working world experiences, interns at Taylor’s Education Group (TEG) will also learn to be responsible citizens through service learning, which makes internship at TEG a more holistic learning experience. The service learning is a community service that is so important for students to acquire life skills and knowledge, as well as to provide a service to those who need it most.

8 interns from different departments are required work together in pairs to propose activities that induce a sense of belonging to the refugee children aged between 4 to 16 years old at Chin Student Organisation (CSO) Puchong. The interns also had to come out with their own roles and responsibilities in running the whole session, whereby every intern was given opportunity to lead each activity during the 4-hour service learning that was held on 26th January 2018.

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Preparing the Underserved Teens for Jobs Interview

15 March 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

They said “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but that is definitely not the case in the process of searching a job, because first impression counts! And the first impression that a potential employer will have of you depends on how you present your resume and also perform during your job interview. This makes the “Resume Writing and Social Etiquette” workshop, an initiative by Taylor’s Community, so crucial for students who are moving towards the next chapter of their lives as working adults.

This workshop was carried in SOLS, Solar Academy in Segambut. SOLS 24/7 educates and empowers poor and underserved communities, with hopes to transform the underserved communities in developing their true potential and breaking the cycle of poverty. As their fundamental belief is that “every individual has possibilities to be realised and they encourage those possibilities with the currency of opportunity”, t​hus, this workshop is a golden opportunity for SOLS students to shine among the crowd as they are talented and are equipped with various skills.

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TEG Lunar New Year “Pass-It-On” Donation Drive 2018

10 March 2018 no comments Amelia Ooi

Lunar New Year is a time for giving; be it “angpau” (red packets) or in other forms such as cookies and mandarin oranges. This popular tradition was again adopted by Taylor’s Group Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility (GCCSR) Department following the success of the ​previous year’s Lunar New Year project. This time around, the  donation drive was open not only to Taylorians, but also to everyone in the public! ​

By adapting the tradition of “sharing”, everyone was welcomed to donate their excess Lunar New Year cookies or mandarin oranges, just as long as they were unopened, not expired and in good condition. The donations received over the 6-day​​ collection period were distributed to the Chin Student Organisation (CSO) Puchong, a refugee school that supports the Chin refugee community living in Kuala Lumpur and gives children access to education. Teacher of CSO Puchong, Joseph has shared that: “Students don’t usually have the opportunity to celebrate Lunar New Year and receive gifts like that. But this year, we receive a lot of cookies and mandarin oranges, so the students get to enjoy these. The Lunar New Year project is meaningful as it will help the students to understand more about Lunar New Year​. The happy faces of the children clearly showed that no further explanation was required on how meaningful this project is to them.”

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