Hornbill Unleashed

August 31, 2016

‘Teach youngsters 3 important dates in country’s history’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

MERDEKA, MERDEKA MERDEKA!: SK St Teresa Kuching Primary 1 and 2 pupils clad in Jalur Gemilang outfits while proudly waving the Jalur Gemilang and Sarawak flags celebrate National Day at their school in Kuching yesterday. With them are SK St Teresa cultural teacher Sabri Nor (back left), headmaster Anthony Layan (back second right), and sports teacher Awangku Zainal (back right). — Photo by Muhammad Rais SanusiThere must be conscious efforts among teachers to educate the post-Merdeka generations on the three important dates in the country and state’s history.

Minister of Welfare, Women and Community Wellbeing Datuk Fatimah Abdullah said everyone had a role to play in imparting knowledge but teachers in particular played very important role as children were always in contact with them during their school years.

“Children spend around 240 days a year in school, which means they have a lot of contact with their teachers.

“Teachers need to educate the post-Merdeka generation about the country and State’s history so that they (children) can understand and appreciate why July 22, Aug 31 and Sept 16 are important dates for us,” she told reporters after receiving courtesy visits from two groups at her office yesterday. Fatimah said in the early days, post-Merdeka children only recognised Aug 31 as the date to celebrate because they were taught so by teachers, parents and the mass media.

“Now that we have corrected our history, we want our new generations to understand the three important dates.

“This will instill patriotism and love for the country,” she said, adding that teachers could come up with fun programmes on these dates so that their students will know why these dates are being celebrated.

This year’s state-level National Day celebration is held in Sri Aman.

Antonia Chiam, reporters@theborneopost.com


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