AT TAYLOR'S: Lin Yuen (meilin.yuen@taylors.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Generasi Gemilang (info@gengemilang.org)
The Knowledge Hunt is an attempt to awaken the minds and kindle a thirst for knowledge in students’ important step towards the creation of thinking individuals. It was about translating book knowledge into real experience and bringing science into the backyard of the community served. A Service Learning program held on the 15th and 22nd August 2015 at Taylor’s Hostel Management (THM)’s hall of residence, Knowledge Hunt was designed to help students acquire life skills through experiential learning.
Together with Generasi Gemilang, THM conducted this program for their residents to deliver knowledge and experience to the refugee children from the Myanmar Refugees Home. Generasi Gemilang, an NGO whom THM works closely with, is a foundation committed to building a strong nation by raising an exemplary next-generation. Believing that love transforms lives, their work inspires hope in people, empowering them to live life to their fullest potential. These people include children, youth & families, from children homes, schools & underserved communities.

Moving away from conventional education where abstract concepts are presented by teachers, the program was aimed towards an immersive method of instruction that facilitate experimental learning. Through it all, the residents realized that problem solving skills and the eventual take away differs with each individual. When the residents discover the answers, they were tapping into a deeper vein of thought while designing interactive activities for the refugee kids to make learning fun. Event preparations required the residents to analyze the learner population and design their activities after having determined their needs.

The refugee children were encouraged to reflect about the experience post the activities. The residents managed their own learning by preparing their group science experiments and presentation. In encouraging active participation from the children served, they learnt leadership skills and creativity in sharing.

Written by Nurul Azwa Ismail