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Collaboration with Malay Heritage Centre – Training of Student Guides

As our students are exposed to Malay culture and language through the Malay Special Programme (MSP), Chung Cheng High School (Main) believes that it is an excellent opportunity for our MSP students to collaborate with the Malay Heritage Centre to provide a platform not only for learning but also for sharing knowledge with their peers as well as the rest of society. 

The Malay Heritage Centre acts as a vital heritage institution for the Malay community in Singapore. Through its exhibits, programmes and activities, the Centre hopes to honour the past while providing a means for present-day expression.

This programme has been uniquely designed and provides a holistic learning experience for our students, especially in the cognitive, social and emotional domains, which are also aligned to the 21st century competencies such as self-directed learners, active contributors, concerned citizens and confident people.

Our secondary 1 MSP students underwent three sessions of training conducted by experts from the Malay Heritage Centre. The students were then tested on their knowledge of the history of the Malay Heritage Centre as well as the surrounding historic Kampong Glam area. They were also judged on their presentation and public speaking skills. Upon completion of their training and after passing the test, all 24 of our secondary 1 MSP students who underwent the test were awarded the student docent certificate. 

Other than being student docents who guide their fellow classmates on visits to the Malay Heritage Centre, our secondary 1 MSP students also volunteer their services to the Malay Heritage Centre whenever they are called upon. To do tour guiding involves story-telling skills which require the students to transform what they have read into a storyline that will arouse public’s interest and understanding. This is also aligned to the 21st CC, in particular information and communication skills, as well as civic literacy, global awareness and cross-cultural competencies.

In August, 4 of our students were selected to do a presentation for the Minister for Communications and Information, Assoc Prof Dr Yaacob Ibrahim during the Malay Heritage Centre Hari Raya Open House. The student docents did extremely well and were publicly commended for their effort by Dr Yaacob’s entourage. A snippet of their presentation was also shown on the Malay language news on television that very night. As first timers delivering a presentation for a VIP, we were very proud of our students’ confidence and presentation ability. 

Chung Cheng High School (Main) sees the value of the programme and thus we will be continuing our collaborative effort with the Malay Heritage Centre. We believe that this programme will be sustainable as we have received encouraging feedback from various stakeholders. Other than becoming docents for their school mates, we will also be creating more opportunities for our students to become volunteer docents who will guide visitors and tourists at the Malay Heritage Centre.