A seven days “Indonesia Outreach Programme” had been successfully accomplished by Students In Free Enterprise of Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (SIFE UTHM) in Medan City of North Sumatra, Indonesia. This was another overseas initiative of SIFE UTHM since the “Route To China” dated back in 2008.
Started from May 26th and ended on June 1st 2011, fourteen energetic and passionate youths from SIFE UTHM, known as SIFErs, embarked on a journey with the mission to spread their spirit of “Bridging the difference through unity”. Besides that, they would like to bring the name of SIFE into Indonesia as there is no SIFE team yet.
The programme kick-started in the Faculty of Language and Arts, Universitas Negeri Medan (UNIMED), where 50 students were involved in the knowledge sharing sessions carried out by SIFErs through group discussions and presentations for two consecutive days. Both sides successfully built up their networks and the idea “To create a better world through the positive power of business” was delivered.
The journey continued with a visit to Yayasan Pendidikan Shafiyyatul Amaliyyah on the 30th and Perguruan Islam Al-Ulum Terpadu on the 31st respectively. Both events were officiated by the UTHM escort officer, Miss Ng Wee Fern with the person in charge from each school. Fellow SIFErs managed to instill knowledge on five topics: HIV/AIDS, Environment, Entrepreneurship, Nutrition and Future Planning, through presentations and educational games.
Apart from the formal sessions, SIFErs also spared their time to tour around Medan City. The observations of the local living conditions truly inspired the members to plan their community projects in the near future. The final day ended with a trip to the well known Toba Lake to observe the local culture and tourism development.
Throughout the journey, an estimated of at least 150 people were impacted, directly or indirectly. Representatives from Indonesia and Malaysia who participated in this programme managed to gain some valuable insights through various activities and communications. It was indeed a great learning experience for UTHM SIFErs to reach out the community and widen their horizon, besides regular lecture sessions in the university.
Memories are meant to be kept in mind...we missed the fun we had together, the smiles on our faces, the laughters of everyone! Nice team!
|had lunch together at Warung Steak; Medan together|
|retrieved our footsteps at Sun Plaza|
|Relaxing trip to Lake Toba on the final day at Indonesia|
|Guys, miss the foods at Merdeka Walk? =)|
Project-related photos will be uploaded after competition..stay tuned!