A “big sister” helps students cope with bullying
KUALA LUMPUR, 4 October 2009 – As Head Prefect, 17 year-old Dashenee Huthamaputhiran is a friendly face around Convent Sentul High School. If she spots any students teasing, harrassing or bullying each other, she steps in to help resolve the situation.
Helping young people overcome drug addiction
KUALA LUMPUR, 22 July 2009 – Sharkozy (not his real name) began living the 'high society' life 10 years ago, when he started experimenting with marijuana and Erimin-5 with the local boys in his neighbourhood.
Keeping children safe from bullies
KUALA LUMPUR, 15 July 2009 – Ivan Wong loves badminton and used to look forward to Saturday mornings, when he could go to school and play with his friends. But his love for the game could not withstand the incessant teasing by the older boys at school.
At the hands of her father
KUALA LUMPUR, 17 November 2008 – Far away from home and from her mother’s protective embrace, 16 year-old San suffered the worst kind of pain any child should ever be exposed to. She was repeatedly abused, physically and sexually, by her own father.
Spare the rod, respect the child
PUTRAJAYA, 12 October 2008 – What could be worse than using wooden planks to hit children on their heads? A lot, as educationist and child rights expert Professor Dr Judith Ennew has discovered.
Cikgu, please don’t hurt us …
KUALA LUMPUR, 8 October 2008 – All the girls in the Form One class silently formed a line, single-file. Their classmate, a fair-skinned boy, with eyes downcast and lips trembling, stood in front of them.
Children learn what they live
KUALA LUMPUR - ARTICLE 29 of the Convention on The Rights of the Child (CRC) states that education should develop the child’s personality and abilities to the fullest.
A Big Death of a small girl
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 October 2007 – When eight year-old Nurin Jazlin was abducted on 22 August, she was on her way to the night market which was close to her house. Her story rocked the Malaysian public and I, like many others, was shocked.
Two teens find their voices through Mentoring Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, 16 July 2007 – It has been a journey of hope, fear and dreams for Choo Kok Wui, a 19 year old student at HELP University College and fourteen year old Dinesh from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Jinjang.
Teamwork will do the trick
KUALA LUMPUR, 10 July 2007 – “Bullying has been a really popular topic to talk about in my recent years in school. I believe this is because bullying is happening all the time, in schools and outside schools! And the newspapers are reporting about it.
Fighting the bullies with education and skills
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 July 2007 – Memories of school days are often happy, sometimes bittersweet. However, for those who have had to endure the traumatic experience of bullying, school days are a memory much rather forgotten.
Violence in schools: Moving forward
KUALA LUMPUR, 3 July 2007 - Recent cases of school bullying have become a cause for concern in Malaysia. An appalling incident that stunned the nation was the brutal assault of a 16-year-old student by his school seniors which led to his death.
Empowering girls with information
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2007 - Fate had decided that Celina Khor would join a vocation that would straddle the passions close to her heart. As co-host of the TV series 3R, she continues to bring difficult issues to the public’s attention.
A woman’s touch in a boys’ school
KUALA LUMPUR, March 2007 – Education in Victoria Institution is towards moulding every student to become a 'scholar, sportsman, and a gentleman'. Counseling teacher, Mrs Nirmala Arunasalam, 56, is helping to achieve just that.
The Violence Study: Peer-counselling program in Malaysia mentors at-risk children
KUALA LUMPUR, 9 October 2006 – For many youths around the world, being a teenager is one of the most challenging times of their lives. So, when faced with peer pressure or violence, it is especially important to have trusted mentors to turn to.