|Title||ASEF ClassNet India-Malaysia Student Exchange|
Ms Anjali Handa/Global Co-ordinator at St. Mark's Girls Senior Secondary School, Meera Bagh
|Date||March - April 2012|
|Venue||New Delhi, India|
Being a member of ASEF ClassNet family, I got the wonderful opportunity to take a delegation of 11 student representatives of my school to Malaysia for a 10-day Student Exchange Programme. Our students had been invited by SMS Muzaffar Syah in Melaka, a member of the ASEF ClassNet, to be a part of “Fully Residential Schools International Symposium 2012”.
The FRSIS 2012 was a well-organised platform by the host school, where in students and teachers from 13 countries across the world got a chance to share their culture and make new friends. The lively talk show by the Ex-Prime Minister of Melaka and the meeting with the Chief Minister of Melaka at his residence, where the students gave cultural performances, were some unforgettable moments for my students.
My students also got the chance to strengthen their bonds with the girls of SMS Seri Puteri, Seseri in Kuala Lumpur, which was our second host school for a Student Exchange Programme. During our visit, we visited 3 more schools in Malaysia, namely Melaka Girls High School, Kolej Yayasan Saad in Melaka and Alam Shah Science Secondary School in Kuala Lumpur; thereby getting a taste of the Malaysian lifestyle, culture and education system. My students not only attended classes with their Malaysian counterparts but also stayed with their buddies in the dormitories of the boarding schools, having memorable experience of hostel life.
We visited some of the landmarks of Melaka, like ‘Menara Taming Sari’ and Cheti Village, went for a river cruise and also got the opportunity to see the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. During the entire programme we made beautiful friends and developed a sense of mutual respect for each other’s cultures. I thank Ms. Rosnah Osman of SMS Muzaffar Syah for organising the entire event and providing me and my students the utmost care.
And in the end, thanks to ASEF ClassNet for bringing classrooms closer and giving students such wonderful exposure.