Diversity & Inclusion Tour (Perak): A Way Forward in Embracing Diversity and Promoting Inclusion

High school students from SMK St. Anthony were very engaging and enjoying themselves from the ice breaking games. Students from SMK Abdul Rahman Talib get their hands dirty during the canvas drawing session on Malaysia Ku. 
A group photo with all of the students and their school counsellor Mrs. Saralah before we moved to the next agenda. Expressive arts called Malaysia-ku or My Malaysia by a group of students from SMK St Anthony. 

Culture can give people a connection to certain social values, beliefs, religions and customs. It allows them to identify with others of similar mindsets and backgrounds. Cultural heritage can provide an automatic sense of unity and belonging within a group and allows us to better understand previous generations and the history of where we come from.

In conjunction of Malaysian Day 2018 celebration, KDU Student & Alumni Centre (SAC) organised the Diversity and Inclusion Tour (DIT) as an annual event from 17th -18th July 2018 which specially curated to serve KDU’s endeavour of upholding diversity and inclusion.

As part of KDU’s Culturation Empowerment plan, KDU strive to encourage students to embrace their own culture and heritage, and at the same time, understand how their background may influence their perception towards another culture. Ultimately, through a series of activities and events, KDU seeks to nurture and provoke students to always critically examine their own attitudes about diverse and underrepresented groups.

This event took part which the students tour within for states around Malaysia which is Teluk Intan, Perak, Batu Pahat, Johor, Nilai, Negeri Sembilan and Temerloh, Pahang. The tour stopped at four different states in Malaysia by delivered the interactive sessions, educational materials and creating space for participants to reflect on real-world experiences and how unconscious biases can impact personal development.

Diversity and Inclusion Tour (DIT), KDU kicked off by visited two high schools in Teluk Intan which is SMK St. Anthony and SMK Abdul Raham Talib. The trip was participated by six local and international students together with the two staff from SAC.

The staffs and students conducted a workshop for the Form 4 students. There were 40 students whom participated in the workshop. It was an interactive session with them. The workshop was conducted for 2.5 hours.  

The students were given local cuisine to experience it. The lunch served at Nasi Kandar M Gulam Rasul Restaurant. The student were excited as they indulged themselves by trying out the famous Indiam Muslim cuisine. 

The entourage then made their way to historical spot in the heart of Teluk Intan, which is Leaning Tower.The tower was built under the guidance of contractor Leong Choon Chong in 1885, it was claimed by the Japanese during their existence of Malaysia in 1941. During this time, the tower became the Japanese’s watch tower. After the Independence Day, the tower became an official national monument.

The journey continued on the next day where they pay a visit to SMK Abdul Rahman Talib. There were about 250 high schools students from Form 5 participated in the workshop. Students were instilled with knowledge which will ultimately helping them to embrace diversity in the community at large.

According to Huzaifa Iqbal, one of the international student from KDU, “The trip allows me to see the other side of Malaysia. Being in Malaysia for almost two years have kept me to only be surrounded by the city and urban environment. This trip makes a difference. It was a great experience and I learn so much about the more community in the small town.”

KDU believes that embedding the understanding of diversity and inclusion of knowledge to students can bring positive impact for the society. To inculcate the values of diversity and inclusion amongst KDU students, a comprehensive and ongoing learning process will be included as part of the various events to be organised under KDU’s Culturation. Hence, the end of the journey marks not the end of the journey but the beginning of it.