Curtin E-FacT holds empowerment programme for 75 pupils

Some pupils take a close look at a lab testing equipment in operation.

MIRI: A total of 75 SK Kampung Bakam pupils recently attended an empowerment programme entitled ‘The ‘Level Up!’ which included a visit to Curtin University Malaysia (Curtin Malaysia) campus here and a two-day- one night camp at their school.

The programme – The Curtin Educational Excellence Facilitating Team (Curtin E-FacT) – is a student-run volunteer student-mentor group aimed at exposing those in Primary 4 to 6 to university life and inspiring them to pursue tertiary education in the future.

“At the Curtin Malaysia campus, Curtin University’s largest international campus and global hub in Asia, the students experienced first-hand its modern learning and teaching facilities and technologies.

“They also visited the Fluid Mechanics and Structures and Statics laboratories and the university’s three-storey library besides attending programming workshop sessions in one of the university’s modern collaborative learning spaces,” said Curtin Malaysia in a press statement.

Among other things, the workshop was to introduce the pupils to the concept of data representation in computer, that is the use of binary numbers in storing information. They also practised encoding their names using the binary system.

Meanwhile, during the camp held at their school, the pupils took part in various activities to develop leadership, teamwork and critical thinking skills. Designed to be fun-learning activities, they included modules entitled ‘Oops, What’s The Number?’, ‘Expand Your Ideas’, ‘Alphabetical Life’, ‘Draw What You See’ and ‘Lead A Ship’.

Programme organising chairperson Wan Muhammad Shahmi Wan Abdul Rahim said Curtin E-FacT is always keen to work with interested parties in support of primary school pupils.

He said the training modules that Curtin E-FacT has organised over the past 12 years have been highly successful in helping children develop good communication and leadership skills.

E-FacT facilitator and computer systems and networking student Sajit Shekhar from India said that he was proud to participate in almost every camp adding that he really enjoyed engaging with local communities and helping children improve their English.

Curtin E-FacT, a non-profit organisation of Curtin Malaysia provides free facilitating programmes throughout the nation to promote awareness of the importance of education to young people.

It also helps them develop critical academic, leadership, communication and critical thinking skills in order to be more effective in their studies and future careers.