|Program Khidmat Bakti PSM UTP" at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Tronoh (4 Apr 2009)|
First ever IRC outreach programme - “PROGRAM KHIDMAT BAKTI PSM UTP” was successfully organised by UTP Information Resource Centre in collaboration with Friends of IRC (FiRC) at Sekolah Kebangsaan Seri Tronoh (SKST). The objectives of the programme were to advocate information skills, improve literacy and inculcate reading habits among the pupils of SKST, in line with the government's 'Bangsa Membaca Bangsa Berjaya' reading campaign. The programme which focused on refurbishing the school resource centre saw the building reopens its door to the students after weeks of extensive redecorating. Apart from the facelift, IRC also helped to enhance the library's collection including providing books from a wide range of subjects, audio visual materials such as DVDs and CDs and a media library section complete with a DVD player. A library system and related hardware were installed including training on librarianship skill to the resource centre custodians.
Some 200 guests comprising of staff from IRC, PETRONAS Resource Centre, Bahagian Teknologi Pendidikan Negeri Perak, Pusat Kegiatan Guru, representatives from nearby schools, SK Seri Tronoh staff and students, school PTA committee members and FiRC attended the launching ceremony on Saturday, 4th of April 2009.
The event commenced with welcoming remarks from the Headmaster of SKST, En Mohd Mokhtar B Zawree followed by a speech by Tn Haji M Noor Rosli B Baharom who expressed his hope that with the resource centre new look, hi-tech facilities and upgraded collections, SKST students would benefit from it. This was followed by the launching ceremony by YM Haji Raja Abdul Rahman B Raja Amran, Pegawai Pelajaran Daerah Kinta Selatan. In his speech, he expressed his gratitude to PETRONAS, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS in particular, for its commitment in giving back to the community as well as the contribution made in refurbishment project and enhancing the library collection.
The guests were then entertained with an “action song” by the year 1, 2 & 3 school children and from the Pendidikan Khas class followed by story telling from year 6 student. A tour to the Resource Centre was conducted where the guests were briefed by En Sabri Abu Bakar on the concept and activities of the Resource Centre. The School Media teacher also gave an explanation of the library system where all loans and returning of books can be done online.
The guests then walked through the colouring and collage competition by SKST students and the Science Show & Exhibition booth organised by FiRC. The science activities managed to attract the school children and their teachers to actively participate in the demonstration.
The outreach program is indeed not meant as a “touch and go” program but a continuous effort. In order to ensure the SKST Resource Centre is self-sustained, IRC next initiative is to provide further training on librarianship skills to the resource centre teachers as well as monitor its progress through quarterly visits and reports to IRC management on attendance, usage of resources, and library system performance. It is hoped that the bond between the school and UTP IRC will stand the test of time for the benefit of the school children.