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July 31, 2015

 

Kirkby College has partnered with Belum Adventure Camp to extend learning beyond the classroom and give students a deeper meaning to their studies

 

On Friday, July 31, 2015, surrounded by the beauty of Malaysia’s Belum rainforest, Kirkby International College announced its exciting new partnership with Belum Adventure Camp. The two organizations have signed an agreement to provide college-level students with an extraordinary experience that will extend learning beyond the classroom to the outdoors where students can feel a deep connection to the environment and explore their place within it.

 

Kirkby College will be incorporating 5-day excursions to the Belum Adventure Camp into the curriculum of its various diploma programs, including Early Childhood Education, Animation, Business, and in the foreseeable future, Music. Teachers will work with Belum staff to design an educational experience that will increase the students’ appreciation of nature, broaden their understanding of the Orang Asli way of life, learn about the triple bottom line of ‘green’ business, and more – all to be captured through the latest digital media.

 

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our students an even greater educational opportunity through this unique partnership with Belum Adventure Camp. It is a shining example of our commitment to providing an interactive, enhanced and holistic curricula – one that will prepare our students to be responsible global citizens with a strong sense of self. We look forward to working with the Belum team to lay the groundwork for other groups of young people who we hope will benefit in the same way that our students will,” said Bismillah Kader, President, Kirkby International College.

 

A 5-hour bus ride from Kuala Lumpur, followed by a short boat ride to Pulau Banding Island, will land Kirkby College students at Belum Adventure Camp where they will get their first look at the oldest rainforest in the world – even older than the Amazon and Congo – at more than 130 million years old. From there, the power of both nature and indigenous people will teach them the value of respecting and preserving one of their country’s most treasured and untouched gifts.

 

[To come…something that explains why BAC is so excited about this partnership and re-emphasizes how influencing the younger generation might be Malaysia’s greatest hope for preserving the rainforest], said Chandra Arumugam, CEO of Rainwalker Ecosystems Environmental & Expedition Services, the company spearheading the Camp.

 

Launched just over a year ago, Belum Adventure Camp has already hosted a number of overnight groups, including tourists and corporations looking for teambuilding activities. According to Chandra, “No one leaves the same way they arrived.” Kirkby College enthusiastically looks forward to seeing the positive changes in both their students and teachers as a result of this incredible eco-experience.

 

 

For more information contact:

Janet Tufts

English Language Programme Advisor

Kirkby International College

019 364 7195 / tuftsjn@gmail.com

 

About Kirkby International College

Established in 2011, Kirkby College is a private and public partnership (PPP) located on a modern campus in Cyberjaya, Malaysia that provides students with a learning environment that prepares them for the 21st century and beyond. We strive to broaden the minds of staff and students through the acquisition of knowledge, and enable learners to make the most of their educational opportunities. Learners are encouraged to respect ideas and their free expression; to celebrate innovative, creative and critical thinking; to pursue excellence in a spirit of productive cooperation and communication; and to assume responsibility for the consequences of personal actions. To support this work, we provide personal development programmes as a foundation upon which self-reliance and habits of lifelong learning are built.

 

About Belum Adventure Camp

[To be provided by BAC]

 

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