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Tok Bali kids to learn the joys of reading in English

 | May 19, 2017

Hess Exploration & Production Malaysia BV and the British Council team up with Kelantan government to promote English literacy skills among kids in the state.

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PETALING JAYA: Don’t be surprised if children from Tok Bali in Kelantan begin rattling away in impeccable English soon, now that Hess Exploration & Production Malaysia BV and the British Council have teamed-up with the state government to promote English literary skills there.

Called the Tok Bali Literacy Project, it was officially launched on May 17, and aims to create a love of reading in English for students from three schools in Tok Bali.

The launch itself featured language-related games and interactive activities to show children that reading can be fun. Parents meanwhile were told they too had a role to play in encouraging their children to read more.

Parental engagement is a fundamental element of the Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

In a statement issued today, Keith O’Hare, Head of English in Education Systems at the British Council said reading was important as it had the potential to change a child’s life.

“We want children to develop the habit of picking up a book and reading it, and we encourage parents to support their children to read at home because it is the one thing that can potentially change their lives,” O’Hare said.

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Meanwhile Ida Abdul Rashid, Manager, External Relations & Communication for Hess said, “English is the global language that is an essential skill for the modern workplace.”

She added however that many students in Kelantan did not have access to learning English or even saw the skill as something important they should acquire.

The Tok Bali Literacy project is structured in three parts that include training the teachers of the three schools in teaching methodology; supplying colourful storybooks from the UK for the children’s reading pleasure; and lastly running a series of community events.

English Language Officer of the Kelantan State Education Department, Mohdpathiuddin Matzain, who will play a key role in the project, said the Tok Bali Literacy Project was important as it “also directly supports the Highly Immersive Programme (HIP) of the Ministry of Education, giving students an English environment that allows a deeper level of learning.”

The project will run till end 2017.

Hess is a leading global independent energy company while the British Council is a Royal Charter charity established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.


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