Primary school SK Air Merah in Kulim, Kedah had set up a junior Antarabudaya Club during the pandemic and restricted movement period but it was only recently that officials of Antarabudaya Malaysia could attend an in-person official launch ceremony at the school.

Board Chair Khalilah Talha addressed teachers and students at a morning assembly about AFS and expressed hopes that the newly minted intercultural club can inculcate greater awareness and insight into the various cultures and values of races in Malaysia so that Malaysians may appreciate, understand and respect one another on a deeper and more meaningful level.

Outgoing school principal Puan Sabarina binti Said said in her speech that she hoped primary schools could also be included in AFS’ mobility programmes and urged her teaching faculty to become volunteers or host families of Antarabudaya Malaysia.

The school had also set up a special room where paraphernalia and souvenirs from their overseas visitors were showcased. Club members later attended a basic ICL workshop conducted by Antarabudaya Malaysia.

A bunting is unfurled signifying the launch of Kelab Antarabudaya at SK Air Merah
Board Chair making her speech about AFS at a school assembly
A young member explaining about virtual classroom exchanges done by the school during the pandemic and in-person exchanges to Korea
Club members line up a corridor leading guests to a specially designated Antarabudaya clubroom
Group members illustrating the Iceberg Theory at an ICL Workshop held for club members
In earnest discussion about the visible and invisible expect of culture
Presentation time
Another group presenting their findings
Elaborate illustration of the Iceberg Theory