SPARK leadership programme helps boost self-confidence in youth

Last update: 21/12/2019

SEREMBAN, Dec 21 -- The SPARK camp programme, an initiative pioneered by ECM Libra Foundation, has succeeded in boosting self-confidence in youth to work and interact with different individuals while appreciating the value of diversity and harmony.

ECM Libra Foundation Senior Manager Cheah Sook Lian said the seven-day camp, which began on Dec 15, was designed to provide opportunities for leadership development, particularly to youths from the under-served community.

A total of 80 youths, aged between 13 and 16, from across the country participated in the camp.

“This residential programme aimed to encourage youths from various backgrounds towards a deeper understanding of themselves and to empower them for a lifelong journey of learning and leadership growth.

“Together with Epsom College in Malaysia, Leaderonomics and Air Asia, ECM Libra Foundation seeks to break the poverty cycle through education and uplift the quality of life underprivileged families,” she told Bernama here today.

Meanwhile, participant Nathania Oh Guntobon, 15, from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Takis, Papar, Sabah, said the camp was very interesting and fun as it taught her how to interact better with individuals of different race and religion.

“It helped building up self-confidence and independence in me. This is the first time I travelled to the peninsula  and I loved it,” said the girl who scored 4A in her PT3 examination recently.

Her sentiment was also shared by an Orang Asli student, Merry Cristina a/k Jamili, 14, from SMK Sri Tapah, Perak, who was grateful for the opportunity and the experience to mix around with other students from all over the country, and by Mohamad Hanif Mustafar, 16, from SMK Dewan Beta, Kota Bharu, Kelantan, who said that the camp also gave him the opportunity to improve his English proficiency.