it sounds nice aite ? this programme is aiming to improve the literacy percentage among the Afghanis . it is the cooperation between 3 countries which are fully funded by Australia government . Malaysia - Australia - Afghanistan.
once, Madam Tan (my mentor ) asked our help. the teaching team, Mr Aslam, Madam Maimon and many more needed the help from the students, to have conversation session/class with them . at first, i was hesitate to join this session because i was quite afraid of them (my bad! ). maybe it was my fault to stereotype them. i'm so sorry ! it was my fault . Madam asked in the class, for few times. everyone was hesitate and not willing to join in. suddenly, Madam said that ...
" if you want to improve yourself, proficiency, give yourself a chance. if you help people, people will help you. "
i realised that i'm not good enough in the language . i was thinking for many times whether to get involve or not . out of sudden, she mentioned some names .
"shima, sufi ? how about you all ?"
i raised my hands, so do some of my friends. shima, iqa and hana. actually, i really want to get involve in this session, but looking some of my friends, they were not sure, so i kept it within my heart and myself . i confirmed it with my friends . before the session began, we were introduced to them by Sir Aslam . but, some of them were in IPIS . for the first time, we were very awkward and feeling strangely nervous . but, we tried our best to control our nervousness to cope with the situation. i was introduced to my group members, Soma, Obaidullah and the other one, i couldn't remember his name.
during the first meeting with the participants, yes . my bad perception towards them has changed ! they are not like what i was thinking all this while . they are really enthusiastic in learning English. i had a conversation session just for minutes for my group. this is because we want to know all the participants, so we exchanged the group. but, due to the time constrain, i just knew some of them . they are really funny people, well educated. oh ya, they are the Master Teacher Training (MTT). it means that they are the lecturers and came here to learn more and have some strategies on teaching method. they came from various courses such as Persian literature course, Islamic Course, English Course and many more. they seemed to know more about our country . they love to sing, especially their songs which mostly are in Pashtur language. and to my surprise, most of them love to listen and sing the bollywood songs ! they know more about SRK, Salman Khan, and many more. hahaha, they are funny . :D
there are many things that i've learnt from them . now i know that in their country, they don't have the preschool in their education system . they have 3 levels of education and English is not their second language. that's why they came here to improve on their English proficiency and technology skills. they have learnt many things here. they visited many schools, and shared everything that they did here with us, the conversation team. we also shared many things. we exchanged the knowledge of culture , interesting places in both countries.
along the way, actually i dont have the conversation with my own group because maybe they were too busy. so, i only have a member, Asdullah Azizi. he's a married man and a lecturer. (of course they are all the lecturers). at first, he didn't have the confidence within himself to speak in the language. it's quite difficult at first, but as time passed by, he has improve much better. he always said that "Shima and Sufi are my English teachers". i gave him a book, on how to improve the conversation skills in English, and i really hope that he will implement everything that he had learnt here in his own country, Afghanistan. he even gave us fruits. i think, 5 kgs of fruits. so nice of him . actually, i'm proud of him. Madam Maimon said that he was getting more active in the class, more talkative. a good achievement ! (now,i'm missing him! )
not only him, i got a new friend. the first foreigner that i know. Mohammad Qahir Arian, the interpreter for this project . i met him via FB, and in reality. haha! a guy from economic department and he is the interpreter since MAEPA 1. i didn't know that. he is tall and handsome. i think i am so lucky to know him since he is really important in MAEPA. he is not arrogant, and so nice ! i'm glad to know him. but, i didn't have chances to communicate in reality with him because he was too busy with his work here. but we always chat via fb . he is a funny guy, so nice and smart. he is fluent and loves to joke . he always sings the song ' rasa sayang eh rasa sayang sayang eh'. hahaha ! funny guy !
before their departure day, we had a dinner with them. 4 of them were Azizi, Ihsas, Sharafuddin and Bahir.i have invited Arian, but he was too busy with the speeches that he need to deliver the next day during the closing ceremony. we had a meal at the pizza and it was our treat. we chatted and laughed, the sadness flew away for a while. then, Hana and Iqa went away to buy something for four of them. Shima and I just wandered around the Mid Valley, looking for some cute stuffs while waiting for Hana and Iqa. suddenly Bahir said that he wants to buy something for us. we said that we don't need anything. but, he kept following us, to buy something . at last, when Hana and Iqa finished with the gifts that we want to give them, we chose teddy bear. they looked at us with confusion. they said that those teddies are for baby only. you are grown up ladies, why must you buy teddy bear ? they asked the question and we just said that we love teddies ! i cant' forget their expressions. hahahh !
the departure day, i felt so sad. we went to block 7 for a while before their departure time. we felt so sad because we will be far apart. some of them will join the MTCP team next year. some with them won't come here again. we chatted, joking and taking pictures for the last time. suddenly i felt my tears were filled with tears. no more 'no macapagamanana' form Ihsas. no more ' rasa sayang eh rasa rasa sayang eh' from Arian. OMG, i felt so sad when we said goodbye to them for the last time. we said goodbye, and all the best for them.
me with daddy, mr mahboobi. miss your jokes ...
so, to all MAEPA 2 participants, all the best from me. nice to meet all of you. u guys are so nice and honest . gonna miss all of you, please come again to Malaysia. i wont forget all of you. implement the things that you guys have learnt here. don't forget me, don't forget us, don't forget IPBA, don't forget KL and don't forget Malaysia . please, be our honoured guests. miss, love and doa for all of you. may Allah bless . ameen ...
miss you guys....