Students typically have a mindset that they are too young to make a difference to society. If you are a Berry Reader who has this mindset, don’t and please change. Of course, students no matter how young can still make a difference, especially if you unite as one and work in a large group. The best way to start is to shower charity upon the under-priviliged. The Berry Berry Teacher was part of the team who brought students from SMK Dato Jaafar on an education-cum-charity trip around some heritage areas in Johor Bahru and a charity centre. See what students can do and learn while engaging themselves in a trip like this.
Berry Event #4 – Educational Trip: Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum, Bazaar Johor Bahru and Charity Work – School level
- Event: Educational Trip / Lawatan Sambil Belajar (Secondary School) – SMK Dato’ Jaafar
- Date: 23rd October 2010
- Venue: Johor Bahru Sikh Temple, Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple, Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum (Muzium Warisan Tiong-Hua Johor Bahru), Bazaar Johor Bahru and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Insan Istimewa Johor Bahru.
- Event Covered by: Miss Isabelle Wong – The Berry Berry Teacher
- Dedicated to: All students in SMK Dato’ Jaafar
Among activities include:
On 23rd October 2010 (Saturday), a portion of Form 1, 2 and 3 students from SMK Dato’ Jaafar participated in an educational trip (lawatan sambil belajar) and charity activities around Johor Bahru town. The name ‘Johor Bahru’ is derived from the Arabic ‘Jauhar’ (Precious Stones), meaning that Johor is Jewel, while ‘Bahru‘ simply means New. This educational trip helped students in improving knowledge on the heritage and history of Johor Bahru and understand the development of this ‘New Jewel’ state. Besides that, young students were being exposed to charity work to help those who are in need.
At 7.30 a.m. students gathered at SMK Dato’ Jaafar canteen to have their breakfast before the day started. The school canteen prepared the most delicious local cuisine, nasi lemak telur (coconut milk-cooked rice with hard-boiled egg, cooling cucumber and peanuts) and teh tarik (milk tea). Attendance was taken which also double up as roll call. At around 8.15 a.m. students boarded on the bus.
The day’s programme started with the first visit to Sikh Temple and Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple at 8.45 a.m. The Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple was built during the 19th Century by the Head of Ngee Heng Kongsi Clan led by Tan Hiok Nee (1863 – 1873) and various Chinese community leaders. Johor Bahru downtown is a very unique town. There are a Catholic Church, a Hindus Temple, a Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple and a Sikh Temple within walking distance. This is a truly 1 Malaysia town.
All the SDJ Form 1, 2 and 3 students entered this historical Johor Bahru Old Chinese Temple from the main door of the temple in Jalan Trus.
This joss-stick pot had been used since 19-century until now. It is one of the most crucial ornament in the temple besides the century-old bronze bell.
Our next stop was Bazaar Johor Bahru. Students started to take photos along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Jalan Ibrahim, Jalan Dhoby and Jalan Wong Ah Fook. Students also get to understand all the history behind these roads. These were the remaining very few old shophouses in Johor Bahru that we built before Second World War. Students got to admire all the sculpture and architecture of these buildings and admire Johor Bahru’s heritage.
Students waited outside of the Johor Bahru Old Chinese Herbal Tea shop at the corner shophouse. This is one of the specialty of this shophouse area which is famous for its chrysanthemum flower tea and old traditional herbal tea remedy to cure flu and cough.
While taking photos, students stopped at one of the multi-purpose shop (kedai runcit) to buy some snack and sweets. This multi-purpose shop is located at Jalan Pasar, Johor Bahru, which used to be near to a wet market that had moved to Larkin in 1989. It was like back to the future shop. It sells nearly everything in this very small shop! You name it, you will find it here! (7-11 of Malaysia)
Next, students arrived at the Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum (Muzium Warisan Tiong-Hua Johor Bahru) at around 9.45 a.m. It is was officiated by Johor Menteri Besar, Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman on 3rd October 2009.
Students got better understand of the History of how the early Chinese (Five Clans – Cantonese, Hokkien, Teochew, Hakka and Hainan) migrated to Johor Bahru from 1844 into the then emerging city especially along Segget River (Sungai Segget).
Students were signing for the visitor book prepared by the Johor Bahru Chinese Heritage Museum.
This museum has been separated into few sections which are how and why the Chinese migrated to Johor Bahru (first floor), different types of measuring apparatus used by the Chinese (second floor) and the old products section (top floor) in the museum.
Our last stop was Love Foundation-Home for the Handicapped Children Johor Bahru (Pertubuhan Kebajikan Insan Istimewa Johor Bahru). The activities included students’ performance (singing and dancing) for these children, play time session and etc. Teachers and students also donated some packets of rice, biscuits, drinks and snacks for the home.
While playing along with these children, students developed caring attitude for the others and gave their helping hands to those who are needed.
Warmest regards by the children (Happy Deepavali). These were some of the beautiful artwork done by the children.
SDJ students volunteered to help these children during their lunch time. The day programme ended with a goodbye to all those children.
Although the students had loads of fun learning about the heritage of Johor Bahru while helping the underpriviliged, the teachers too learnt a great deal about the strength of students in contributing to society. In short, this trip is a great learning trip for everybody involved.