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.