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    CONTENTS

    1.0 About 2-3 2.0 Objectives 4 3.0 Rationale 5-6 4.0 Committee 7-10 5.0 Sponsors & Partners 11-12 6.0 FAQs 13-14 7.0 Media 15-16

    Projek Kalsom is endorsed by:

    Projek Kalsom 17 student participants and facilitators at Melaka Tropical Fruit Farm, Sungai Udang, Melaka.

    Photo credit Sharif Ahmad Sharif Hashim 2011

    Website: www.projek-kalsom.com

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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    1.0 About

    Projek Kalsom is a motivational programme for Malaysian Form 4 students from less fortunate backgrounds that runs for a week during summer, organised by Malaysian university students mostly from the United Kingdom. It is a collaborative project between Kelab Belia Kalsom (fondly known as Kelab Kalsom, Registrar of Youth Societies registration number: PPBM 8086/12) and United Kingdom & Eire Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC). Kelab Kalsom and UKEC are actually old friends - our relationship with UKEC goes back to 1995 when the organisation is officially established.

    Projek Kalsom 18 will be held in from 14th to 20th July 2012 at Kampung Sukan Petronas, Miri, Sarawak. This is the first time Projek Kalsom will be in East Malaysia! Following the tradition of Projek Kalsom 16, in Terengganu, Projek Kalsom 18 will include a Community Programme at Kampung Muhibbah before the start of Projek Kalsom 18 on 16th July 2012. This year's Projek Kalsom will include 150 participants from 10 schools in Miri and 36 facilitators who are Malaysian students from all over the globe. As part of Projek Kalsom 18, the 'Keen for Knowledge' a book donation drive was carried out earlier this year and books will be donated to schools and libraries in Miri, Sarawak.

    1.1 History

    The name Kalsom was adopted from an earlier initiative in the 90s.

    Puan Kelthom Abdullah was a single mother struggling to make ends meet in Kelantan. Her children were forced to drop out of school, and her plight was given some media attention in 1993. Upon reading about her in the papers, a group of young Malaysian students in the UK decided to run a collection to help bear the education cost of her children.

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    For the initial group of students, it was not enough to merely collect money. They decided to take it a step further, spurred on by the conviction that they had a greater role to play. They decided that given their youth, and being students themselves, they were in an excellent position to help encourage and assist students from lesser-developed parts of Malaysia to excel in their studies. And so, during their summer holidays in the following year, they ran a motivational camp for the students of Jerantut, Pahang. It proved successful, and they decided to run it again the following year in Grik, Perak. The Projek Kalsom 16 held in summer 2010 also featured a homestay programme at Kampung Langkap, Setiu, Terengganu for facilitators, on top of the usual motivational programme.

    "I'm here to work together with the students so that they can confidently find their purpose, motivation and role in this world, so that they can become successful and wholesome individuals. I'm not here to turn anyone into a "mini-me". I'm not perfect, and I believe they too can teach me a thing or two about life." - Hannah Nazri, Director of Projek Kalsom 17 2011. She was also facilitator for both Projek Kalsom 16 2010 and Projek Kalsom 15 2009.

    Projek Kalsom has since been held annually, growing from strength to strength, and is now run with the full support of the Malaysian High Commission in London, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Youth & Sports. Below is a list of locations of Projek Kalsoms in the past:

    1994 Jerantut, Pahang Darul Makmur 1995 Grik, Perak Darul Ridzuan 1996 Sungai Petani, Kedah Darul Aman 1997 Machang, Kelantan Darul Naim 1998 Dungun, Terengganu Darul Iman 1999 Batu Berendam, Melaka Darul Azim 2000 Johor Bahru, Johor Darul Takzim 2001 Nibong Tebal, Pulau Pinang Mutiara Timur 2002 Kangar, Perlis Indera Kayangan 2004 Besut, Terengganu Darul Iman 2005 Rembau, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus 2006 Kota Bharu, Kelantan Darul Naim 2007 Kangar, Perlis Indera Kayangan 2008 Sungai Petani, Kedah Darul Aman 2009 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan 2010 Setiu, Terengganu Darul Iman 2011 Sungai Udang, Melaka Darul Azim

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    2.0 Objectives

    The objectives of Projek Kalsom are:

    1. To inspire and encourage participants to want to achieve more in studies and life by

    Helping them develop a positive self-image and sense of confidence through activities organised.

    Providing positive role models in the facilitators for the participants to look up to and aspire to be like.

    2. To equip participants with the means to achieve the first objective by Helping them develop and use practical study skills. Developing an interest in English Language and debunking the fear of the language.

    3. To stress that moral and religious values are as important as academic and career success, AND to instil leadership qualities and independence Emphasising the essential qualities of a successful person. Equipping them with the necessary tools to succeed. Sharing real-life examples of the application of the concepts shown.

    4. To expose them to the wealth of career and education opportunities available to them

    after secondary school Exposing them to the wealth of career and education opportunities available to them

    after secondary school. Providing information on higher education funding opportunities (scholarships and

    loans) available to participants.

    5. To develop a greater awareness and empathy towards the struggles of the less fortunate amongst Malaysia students

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    3.0 Rationale

    I am very lucky to be able to join Projek Kalsom as a participant and also a facilitator. Those were very sweet moments I had during Projek Kalsom. I would not trade the experience for anything.

    - Projek Kalsom 16 2010 facilitator & Projek Kalsom 14 2008 participant, currently at a local college

    Malaysia has been undergoing a lot of development over the past 25 years. In the process of pursuing our goal to be a developed nation by the year 2020, a lot of focus was placed on concentrated development, starting with the Klang Valley region, and now, the Iskandar Development Region in Johor.

    While the attention given to those areas is good, much of society out of the development spotlight remains lacking in relative terms of the economic and education opportunities made available to them.

    We believe that while the government remains the chief actor in building the country, there is a place and role for members of the Malaysian society to contribute towards this similar goal.

    We also believe, from observing the efforts of the government, that one of the primary ways to develop our country is via education, or the development of human capital. This has proven to be successful in alleviating poverty and raising the quality of life of people, not just in Malaysia, but all over the world.

    As Malaysian students enrolled in tertiary education institutions in the UK and Ireland, we believe that we can assist in the process of nation-building by helping inspire, encourage, and assist secondary school students from lesser privileged backgrounds to achieve more in studies and life.

    We intend to do so by running a motivational camp targeted at Form 4 students from lesser developed parts of Malaysia over a period of 5 days during our summer holidays every year.

    "I found myself more confident to speak English and more motivated to go for my dreams. I hope that Projek Kalsom could be further expanded to more students, especially those who are average performers as I believe that many more can benefit and the programme may broaden their horizons and elevate them from average performers to high achievers." - Amer Asyraf, Winner of the Best Participant Award of Projek Kalsom 16 2010

    At the same time, we acknowledge that with the material prosperity that comes with development, we are currently being swept up by the cultural waves of individualism and materialism. This has led to some educated and successful Malaysians, like those who studied

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    abroad in countries like the UK, being less aware of and concerned with the lives and struggles of the less fortunate in Malaysia. We believe that Projek Kalsom will be an excellent opportunity for us to promote among Malaysian students studying in universities in the UK an awareness of and empathy towards the struggles of the less fortunate. It will also function as a means of empowering us students, as citizens, to contribute towards the process of nation building by volunteering to facilitate the learning experience of participants during Projek Kalsom.

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    4.0 Committee

    Sarah Syamimi Mohd Suhaimi, Director

    Education| University of Nottingham, UK Course| BSc Economics Contact| sarah.syamimi@projek-kal