It was a joy to see our students eagerness in learning and wanting more classes. They also displayed a persistent spirit in completing all test questions despite not knowing the answer.
Our students arrived very early on the morning of the Malaysia Day, eager to attend to class. Ee Chia and I are even more excited as we present them their first Iskul t-shirt that morning. That smile on their face! What a way to start a morning! They were all quickly changed and were dressed in an enthusiastic red for the Malaysia Day class.
Iskul Sama DiLaut Omadal (Iskul) proudly marked their first anniversary since the project which started in August last year. Iskul’s milestone belongs to everyone, namely our students, our Mastal Arikik, our Headmistress, and our donors. Therefore, it is only apt that we celebrate the time and effort they have invested in Iskul. We recognise our student’s attendance to class and we recognise their effort in learning, although unfortunately through grades for now. We recognise our Mastal Arikik’s time and effort to teach. We recognise our Headmistress who multitasks between home, community, environment and Iskul. In short, Iskul wants to recognise and award everyone for being part of the making of Iskul for the past one year.
After one year, 71% of our students can write their own name while 57% can write A to Z. Our observations shows that our students are able to enumerate the alphabets from A to Z and 1-50 eloquently.
Why are the sea-nomads in Sabah? Their history is a complicated one. Some of them have been around the islands of Semporna before the formation of Malaysia.
Once, I get to speak to the children through a little girl of Bajau Laut and Bajau parentage, Sakinas (Kinas). She became my translator as she can speak both Malay and Bajau. Through her, I asked the Bajau Laut children (mostly her cousins and playmates) if they want to go to school. Many of them shook their head because they think they are not smart enough for school. Many feel shy and inferior to be in school as they have never been to one. I then asked if they would give it a try if Kinas teaches them instead of a schoolteacher. Their eyes brighten up and nodded their heads. I asked the 11-year-old Kinas if she’s willing to teach her friends on weekends and receives a small allowance. She nodded.