SCOT’s tuition classes to reach rural villages
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Society for Community Outreach and Training (SCOT) is planning to offer English language tuition to students at rural Brunei schools through its education outreach programme.
After returning from Cambodia — where SCOT conducted a 13-day project teaching English to young children — team members decided it would be a good idea to offer their skills to local schools with limited resources.
“It made us think that when we come back to Brunei, we want to affect change,” said Siti Noraspadiyah Hj Mohd Sah, director of SCOT Education (local). “We want to go those schools in ulu-ulu (interior areas), maybe in Temburong, and offer them English tuition.”
“It would also be good chance for our trainers to have this experience before embarking on projects abroad, like Cambodia,” she said.
The SCOT Education Project was initiated in April through a volunteering activity on teaching English at the Youth Development Centre (YDC).
The project incorporated the idea of “trainee-turned-trainer”, where six out of 120 students from the YDC were selected to assist eight SCOT trainers in teaching English to underprivileged children in Cambodia.
The programme is sponsored by HSBC Brunei and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in collaboration with Cambodia’s Organisation for Building Community Resources and the Charitable Association of Cambodian Islamic Graduates.
Sponsors also contributed US$6,000 towards the construction of 24 wells to improve water access across several villages in Cambodia. SCOT also donated solar panels to mosques in rural Cambodian communities.
“It was a humbling experience, the kids were so eager to learn and interact with foreigners and practise conversing,” said Muhd Mahyuddin Hj Othman, a university student and former project manager of SCOT education.
Siti Noraspadiyah added: “There were quite a few things I didn’t anticipate, like how the kids would respond and how excited they were. I’m a teacher in Brunei and it’s something I haven’t seen in a while.”
“It’s a reciprocal thing – we’re not just there to give something. At the same time we’re learning something from them.”
The Brunei Times