AT TAYLOR'S: Reuben Cheong (ReubenDeShen.Cheong@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Akanksha Foundation (website@akanksha.org)
The 2013 Classroom Xperience was a student initiative to empower the rights to quality education for all, especially children. Inspired by Classroom Mumbai, the Cambridge A-Levels students of Taylor's College Subang Jaya envisioned a similar project right here in Malaysia to equip the underprivileged children from four Klang Valley homes with education, values and skills to give these children the opportunity to discover and realize their potential with the hope that they will be able to lead empowered lives.
Initiated and led by LEO ClubWelfare and Charity Keen Youths’ (WACKY) Society, the Rotaract Club, and Free Arts Movement (FAM), all from by Taylor’s College Subang Jaya, the team firmly believes that the younger generation holds the potential to shape the direction of our nation. Following the saying “Children See, Children Do”, the students hoped CXP 2013 would be able to serve as an open platform for everyone and anyone to share their respective knowledge, skills and life experiences with the children.

Led by Karen Yung of the Student Development Centre and three student leaders from the CAL program, Elden ChooChu Jia Jun, and Julian Ooi, four makeshift classrooms were set-up at SYOPZ Mall,Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus. Members of the public were invited to share their skills, interest and hobbies with the children and volunteers signed up on the spot as teachers where they would engage and interact with the children. Each child was assigned a mentor to guide them through the event as they learned practical things in a fun and interactive way.

Karen Yung who is doing a one year internship at Taylor's College in the Student Development Center was enthusiastic about the response. "For many of these children learning is difficult and often tedious. Let's face it; growing up in a orphanage - even with the best of care - would be a challenging life. This event showed these children that learning can be fun and that education is the best hope for them to change their own lives and the lives of those around them."

Changing lives is what education is all about. Both children and student volunteers got to see that change first hand in this community project. Those wishing to know more about this project can view the YouTube video, visit their Facebook page, or read their weblog.