KIRKBY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE IN COLLABORATION WITH ITS TECHNOLOGY PARTNER, INTERNEXIA, HOSTS THE FIRST DIGITAL STORYTELLING PROGRAMME AWARDS CEREMONY FOR 200 STUDENTS OF PROGRAM LATIHAN PERGURUAN PERINGKAT IJAZAH PERTAMA (PLPPIP)
Cyberjaya – Kirkby International College hosted its first awards presentation ceremony for the Digital Storytelling (DST) programme participated in by 200 students of Program Latihan Perguruan Peringkat Ijazah Pertama (PLPPIP) from four Private Higher Education Institutions; Kirkby International College, UCSI University, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and SEGi University.
Under EPP4-Expanding Private Teacher Training, 200 students who completed their Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) were selected by Bahagian Pendidikan Guru (BPG) to enrol into PLPPIP in August 2011. These students have enrolled into Kirkby International College, UCSI University, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman and SEGi University and will graduate in 2016 to become teachers of English in Malaysian primary schools.
To make learning English fun and engaging for the students, the four private institutions have designed a list of exciting activities for 2014. The first activity is the Digital Story Telling (DST) programme, planned and organised by Kirkby International College. The 200 PLPPIP students were assigned into 20 groups, with each group in charge of taking a short story, writing it into a script, directing and filming each scene. By the end of this experience the students had created short films to submit to the Awards Presentation Night held on 1st March 2014.
According to Bismillah Kader, President of Kirkby International College, students need to be motivated to participate in activities outside the classroom and encouraged to be creative learners.
“Creative thinking is important in any learner’s experience. Kirkby International College and our sister company, Internexia, has more than 10 years’ experience in developing digital short stories for primary schools and we are sharing the knowledge with all 200 PLPPIP students so that they can take part in the creative and dynamic process of making a short film. They have learned how to write short stories, turn their stories into scripts, casting, directing, producing and editing – all the important elements of making a film. Students also take part in group activities that will enhance their performance as team players. They are strengthening their English communication and team playing skills while taking part in the DST programme.” she added.
VIP guests who attended the event include En. Zainudin Abas, Pengarah Bahagian Kokurikulum & Kesenian, Ministry of Education; Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Hj. Yahaya Ibrahim, Chairman of Kirkby International College; Chief Executive Officer of Krista Education Group, Dato’ R. Rajendran and Head of Business Development, Setia Haruman Sdn Bhd, Mr Sudhev Sreetharan. Mr Yasu Tanaka, Script Analyst and Consultant for MARZA Animation Planet Inc. (of SEGA Sammy Group), Warner Brothers (Japan) and FINAS (Malaysia) and Mrs Bea Tanaka, Producer and Liaison Officer between Japan and FINAS and Script Consultant for FINAS were invited as head judges for the night. Other judges include Mr David Toeman from Internexia, Mr Param and Pn Roslini from SEGi University as well as Pn Zuraida and Pn Noriah from UCSI University.