1 & 2 June 2009
@ Pusat Tuisyen Kurnia
Last year, when we were drawing up plans for the Dare To Speak™ Public Speaking Programme, we deliberated on whether to have a programme for primary school children. We knew it wouldn't be easy to "handle" these kids.
This was proved true in the just-concluded programme which was attended by 7 girls and 2 boys (why so few boys?). On the first morning, the participants were sullen and unresponsive. Some refused to open their mouth and had to be coaxed to speak more and louder. But after the initial hurdle, we had a great time and everyone performed well.
"This is how to do it..."
There was more trouble on the second morning when one of the girls cried and one boy got angry and kicked the trainer 3 times and spilled Milo on his (the trainer's) pants! I had to bring the boy to a separate room and use all my psychological powers (i.e. counselling skills) to get him back on track. Thank God that in the end we and the participants managed to pull through and presented a good show to the parents during the "graduation ceremony". Many parents attended and it was a great encouragement to us and to the children.
All in all, do we say it's worth it? I am not so sure... hehe... but at least I am proud that we upgraded the food - first day's lunch at Mama Chops & Papa Grill (Western) and second day's lunch at Rempah Garden (Malay). Bravo for the economy!
Mama Chops & Papa Grill (left), Rempah Garden (right)
Reported by Sandy Tan
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