A Day of Cultural Exchange Programme 2.0
A successful collaboration between Centre for Modern Languages & Human Sciences, University Malaysia Pahang (CMLHS, UMP) and Sekolah Menengah Agama Muadzam Shah (SMAMS), Pahang was materialised with the success of the Cultural Exchange Programme 2.0. The programme, which was conducted on 9th November 2016 was participated by 40 students of SMAMS, accompanied by Shahiruddin Ibrahim, a teacher of SMAMS. The event was also participated by 10 students from Sekolah Agama Ahmad Pekan (SAAP). The participants were facilitated throughout the entire programme by 20 UMP international students whom were native Arabs. The one-day programme was led by Associate Professor Dr. Hasan Ahmad, Mr Mohammad Baihaqi Hasni, Ms Farah Hanan Aminallah and Ms Jamilah Bebe Mohamad. The programme aimed to expose SMAMS and SAAP students to people from various cultural, religious, and geographic backgrounds. At the same time, this programme present a golden opportunity for students of SMAMS and SAAP to inculcate a better comprehension and appreciation of diversity. The local students were able to communicate with the UMP international students who came from various countries around the world and were native Arabic speakers. Both the local and international students were able to practice their communication skills with each other. The sole representative from Tunisia, Hamza said that he was elated to be able to introduce my country to the school students. Gharebi, a sole representative from Libya, shared the same feeling and considered the event as a perfect opportunity to share his culture with other people. The programme was also attended by Ala Taiseer, Noor Abdulhakim and Zainab, representing the Arab women. This was their first time attending and participating in such an amazing event and were thrilled and excited to be a part of the programme. Ala, Noor and Zainab brought along the women accessories and clothing from Yemen, Oman and Egypt to share with the participants of the event. The programme participants were able to interact, learn and participate in a new and unique experience beyond their own community.
By: Jamilah Bebe Mohamad & Nursyaheedah Muhammad Isa