A fun day with Permata Interact yesterday!
Nation Building School organised a Professional Development Program (PDP) for the Permata Interact mentors. PI is an interactive volunteer program teaching English to underprivileged students using tech and new learning tools. The 32 mentos are primarily from Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA (KUPTM) and IPG students teaching English TESL.
Held in iM4U Sentral on 7 October 2017, our PDP is focused on career development -- helping the mentors find their dream jobs with the right mindset, tools and systems. We divided PDP into 4 modules:
We played games on leadership, understood our highest hopes and darkest fears as well as taught techniques on networking and mastered LinkedIn. All in 4 hours and a half! (I was extremely excited to see the exciting headlines in your LinkedIn accounts!)
I have the utmost respect for these mentors who volunteer to teach English to students every weekend for 6 months at a time. I feel duty-bound to supercharge their career and expose them to leadership opportunities. Nur Hassan, Zahidah Husna Zulkifli, Amiruddin Ismail, Nurzaidah Azharuddin - you inspire me.
My appreciation to Nafis Nazri, NBS Principal and Co-Founder of TalentBase for using your expertise on training and development with the mentors.
Thank you Izzana Salleh and Yana for entrusting us with this program. Here's to a bigger, stronger and more passionate Permata Interact!
Words by Chairperson Zaim Mohzani
In the words of our Principal Dr Marcus Lim based in Kuching, Sarawak:
#Leadership101 #BreakingYourBoundaries features two of the #BestLeaders in #Kuching #Sarawak, brought to you by a team of #Young, #Hungry #ICP #FYP #Business #Students from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak and Nation Building School!
Speaker 1: Amelia Lim Wen Ching shared #Leadership tips from her experience as #Founder of #SuperWorms, an unconventional enterprise that uses worms as a source for economic activity creation and as a solution for food waste management:
Tip 1. Be open to talk about mistakes and failures, and be sure to fix them if possible; if not, quickly apologize, learn, and use the experience gained to improve before moving forward and leading your team to success.
Tip 2. Why compete if we can collaborate? It’s cost and time friendly, so take the lead and create collaboration opportunities!
Tip 3. Know what attitude you currently have, and shape it positively. You have Japanese “can do” attitude if you believe that if one can do, I can do; if no one can do, I must do. You have Malaysian “boleh” attitude if you believe that if one can do, let him do; if no one can do, what can I do. You have Singaporean “kiasu kiasi” attitude if you believe that if nobody do, I better not do; if everyone do, I die die must do. Needless to say, your attitude is contagious as a leader, so form good attitudes, wisely!
Speaker 2: Caitlyn Ong led the way in giving back as a Swinburne Sarawak graduate by sharing her experience leading as Google Business Group Chapter Manager and #President of #SwinburneEntrepreneurshipClub:
Tip 4. Know and invest in yourself to become the best version of yourself. This is important before and after stepping up to lead to be accepted by and relatable to others that you serve.
Tip 5. You've got to stay true to what you say and to do what you say you will do in order to inspire, build, and sustain a culture of honest doers.
Tip 6. You don’t always have to be tough, but you’ve got to be firm, especially in decision making.
Tip 7. Share information to create win-win situations, internally as well as externally.
Finally, a very big #ShoutOut and #ThankYou to #Sponsors iCube Innovation and John's Pie for the awesome venue and mouthwatering refreshments – we at #SwinburneSarawak and #NationBuildingSchoolreally appreciate the very kind gesture and support!
Special thanks to Octavia Teo for moderating the session and Michelle Tan, Marisa Tan, and Jeannie Tan (wow, just realized all Tans ;p) for the Instagrammable photos!
John’s Pie will be opening at The Spring Shopping Centre, Kuching soon, so do keep a lookout #CatCity #KuchingEats #KuchingFood!
Caitlyn invites you to HackWeekend KCH in conjunction with Forum Belia TEGAS this October 12 to 14 (p/s: promocode “swinbeeshack” for 20% discount for Swinburne students).
Amelia will be contributing to Plant a Seed, an e-waste, solid waste, and food waste recycling initiative, at The Spring this November 11, so do drop by to learn more, especially about worms and how they translate into better food waste management.
If you'd like more good stuff from us, then be sure to like our Facebook pages and register for our next event on #LetsBreakTradition in #Entrepreneurship and #Employability that will be happening next Sunday at TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-break-tradition-tickets-38472071000
Nation Building School is busy preparing for the next phase of growth!
The new team, NBS 2.0 are revisiting the fundamentals of this 2-year old youth NGO from our vision to operations.
Our purpose of developing young people remains.
However, the strategy to achieve our goals is being redesigned to match the ever-changing youth landscape.
The newly-minted Principals Dr. Marcus Lim, Pixie Cigar, Nafis Nazri and Dzulhilmy Bin Mohammad are quickly transitioning into their leadership role. Co-founders Marques Jeevan Menon and Zaim Mohzani are taking a back seat to allow the new team to chart the new direction for NBS.
Watch this space as we unveil the next series of initiatives from Malaysia's favourite school!
We just turned two years old — and we have a new team!
Nation Building School was founded on 1st August 2015 by four young Malaysians — Zaim Mohzani, Marques Jeevan, Noreen Nattassa and David Kan. We were inexperienced, we had little money, few connections. But, we had passion to build a platform to develop young people.
Fast forward two years later, we have organised, co-organised and supported over 100 youth initiatives involving over 3,000 youth in Malaysia!
Our greatest achievement, thus far, has been to activate 49 young souls through our #Guruship leadership incubator. We have witnessed them grow as aspiring leaders to chart their own destiny. Many of them have graduated, joined or started their own organisations and made history!
As with any organisation, for us to sustain for many years ahead, we need fresh blood. At the onset of our 2nd birthday, we decided to handover Nation Building School to our Gurus to bring NBS to greater heights. Two of the co-founders will remain in the team to play an advisory role.
The new team will be led by:
1. Marcus Lim - Principal
2. Pixie Cigar - Principal
3. Nafis Nazri - Principal
4. Dzulhilmy Bin Mohammad - Principal
5. Marques Jeevan Menon - Managing Principal
6. Zaim Mohzani - Chairperson
To all our members and partners, we would like to thank you for your support for the past two years. And we look forward to working closer with you for many more years!
We collaborated with Future Leaders Internship Programme (FLIP) and Brickfields Asia College (BAC) on a talk focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution and the future of learning. Here's what FLIP Founder Alpa Shah had to say about the event:
Our talk on #industryrevolution4.0 and the future of learning on #22ndJuly2017 attracted huge crowd. For those who missed, here are few learning points from each speaker.
We aim to continue educating the stake holders through our #FLIPINDUSTRYCLINICS. Stay tuned for our upcoming talk on #Fintech& #Finance very soon.
Mr Raja Singham on Education for next Gen- Education revolution is at the starting point and is the key driving focus to embrace the digital transformation.
Ashwani Narang on Digitization of supply chain- A great and unique comparison between start ups and established companies through unicorns and zebras , the former being startups who plays subscribers game.
Karthik Karunanithy on Internet of things- It is an exciting phase of exploration and experimentation: it's the early days of real life.
Alpa Shah on 21st century learning skills- How we teach is a game changer moving forward. Internship for young students is the way to embrace skill development.
On 17th May 2017, we held a forum on statelessness in collaboration with UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) at BAC PJ Campus.
We invited the following speakers to talk about 'Malaysia's Invisible Problem: Statelessness':
1. Illy Kamaludin (Assistant Protection Officer (Statelessness), UNHCR Malaysia)
2. Maalini Ramalo (Senior Manager for Social Protection, DHRRA Malaysia)
3. Syahredzan Johan (Human Rights Lawyer)
4. Marques Jeevan Menon (Principal, Nation Building School) [Moderator]
According to UNHCR, every 10 minutes 1 stateless child is born somewhere in the world. Today, at least 10 million people around the world are denied a nationality. Illy Kamaludin said as a result, they often aren’t allowed to go to school, see a doctor, get a job, open a bank account, buy a house or even get married.
Stateless people may have difficulty accessing basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. Without these things, they can face a lifetime of obstacles and disappointment. Maalini Ramalo from Development of Human Resources for Rural Areas, Malaysia (DHRRA) shared personal stories of engaging with stateless people in Malaysia, particularly the Indian and indigenous Sabahan Dayak Laut peoples.
Syahredzan Johan, a prominent human rights lawyer explained the constitutional law on citizenship - how can one attain a Malaysian citizenship, its rights and how can one lose it. He shared verdicts of court cases on stateless people. He noted Malaysia is a long way to go in addressing stateless people from a legal standpoint.
The forum ended with a workshop conducted by UNHCR whereby participants were split into 5 groups and had to do present on statelessness. While statelessness is a complex issue requiring legal and policy prescriptions, citizens have a role in understanding and championing the rights of these invisible people.
Read more about statelessness at http://www.unhcr.org/stateless-people.html.
For our 17th VIP Classroom, our Gurus met H.E. Victoria "Vicki" Treadell, British High Commissioner to Malaysia on 13th April 2017. Vicki Treadell was gracious to host us at her residence Kuala Lumpur to talk about life lessons.
Some takeaways from the session:
1. Project confidence - understand how people perceive you
2. Being clear on your point of difference - your differences is what makes you different
3. Be visible and audible - add value to every discussions
4. What is your image? - you become what you believe
5. Never stop learning
6. Plan your career in cycles of 5 years at a time
7. Managing your bosses is as important as managing your staff - build relationships!
8. You can be a good leader if you do your day job well
9. When your team is successful, you are successful
10. Feedback is important - give it constructively and ask for it
11. Be active in your society.
Our Gurus had a small but intimate session with Malaysia's favourite social activist, Syed Azmi.
He spent two hours talking about his social causes, the opportunities and challenges that comes with it.
Syed Azmi was generous to share advice and tips on making an actual impact with the people that really matter.
We learned the need to talk less and do more; dialogue with people who you won't necessarily agree with; and be patient in advocating important issues.
We took away many lessons from Syed Azmi's experience. Among others, they are know your neighbours before wanting to change the world, lead by example and remember the cause is not about you but about others.
All in all, an inspiring night for us at Nation Building School to learn from your favourite activist's favourite activist.
Thank you for the opportunity, Syed Azmi! Our torch for youth in Malaysia only grows brighter!
We promised fireworks and we delivered fireworks at the last event of Nation Building School yesterday night!
We had a open and honest discussion on a tough topic in Malaysia—human rights. It was intense, it was heated, it was passionate, it was worth it.
Dr Lin Mui Kiang (ex-UN specialist) gave us a comprehensive overview of international human rights and the situation back home.
Prof Azmi Sharom (law professor) delivered an impassioned, earnest defence of human rights. He called on the powers that be to uphold human rights. As Azmi puts it, ‘human rights are the shields for the powerless.’
We journeyed with King Chai (former student activist) on his #UKM4 experience. They challenged the draconian AUKU and won—fundamentally changed the way tertiary education students engage in politics on campus. He suggests the changes to AUKU may have killed the student movement as independent student activists have given way to student politicians aligned to their political masters.
Amir Fareed Rahim (political analyst) asserted the language of human rights must be inclusive. He posited the rise of populist politics—Trump, Duterte—as failure of the liberal notion of human rights. Amir pointed out we cannot assess Malaysia in a vacuum but must consider global politics. He had a bleak outlook on future of human rights but called on Malaysians to get out of comfort zone and do something.
Special thanks you to UK in Malaysia - British High Commission Kuala Lumpur or supporting this event. Masala Wheels food was good!
Watch out for #NationBuildingSchool in 2017!
On 25th July 2016, we held our 9th VIP Classroom. This time, the Gurus met with Mr. Nazrin Hassan - CEO of Cradle Fund (more on his profile below).
Some of the key takeaways from this session:
We are youth platform aiming to shape the future, one mind at a time.