I started to know Kalsom from my friend, Meishaleny David, who I knew from Felda FGV Scholarship Interview. When I saw the ads on FB that they are recruiting facilitators for summer camps, I didn’t think twice to apply for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Camp (EIC). For this camp, I had to take 4 days unpaid leave and travel to Melaka. For something that’s worth it, why not?
Even though the camp was only for 3D2N, the preparation started way earlier, and I was blessed to work with Wahidah, my fellow colleague from UKEC. We both chose to work on rotating classroom module which basically a module that explains post-SPM life, tertiary education, and financial assistance for undergraduate study. I found this module suits me because coming from daily school myself, I know they are at a disadvantage compared to boarding schools in terms of getting these kinds of information.
We received about 60 form 4 students from each school, namely SMK Dato’ Dol Said, SMK Naning, and SMK Durian Tunggal. At first, they were so shy to each other that to a point some students actually asked us to change their room so that they can sleep with their friends. Kids, people. Because we designed the accommodation in such way a room has 3 students from different schools accompanied by a facilitator. Even though Nike said nothing is impossible, a sleepover is impossible for daily school girls who have strict parents :’) But nonetheless, we managed to break the ice and in the end, everyone had fun and made friends from different schools.
Even though my module was Rotating Classroom, but all modules need cooperation from every facilitator. So at the camp, we all work together on every module. The toughest one for me was Explorace because my checkpoint is a checkpoint where each student was tasked to produce different origami T__T and I tell you, I’m bad in origami myself. And my partner, Qadri, he thought we shouldn’t give the task so easily so we chose the complicated one (complicated enough for me even though it’s literally level 3 origami). But I had fun because I made birds, shirt, and flower (look how proud I am!!!)
This camp is the first of its kind because Kalsom Movement is trying to instill entrepreneurship values in students, apart from English language usage. We introduced them some simple business terms (mortgage, interest rate) and theories through activity modules. We encouraged them to use English at all times during camp and I understand the struggle because I wasn’t born in an English-speaking family, I only started to speak in English when I was 18. I would say their English is from good to decent level, still comprehensible.
It seems like the students learned from the facilitator but for us, we learned from the students more. I can safely say, I have been Kalsomed 😛