From 16 to 18 September, Nalanda Dhamma School Johor Bahru Branch organised an energising Facilitators’ Training for twenty facilitators. The 3-day training camp was conducted by School Director Sis. Sunanda Ong, to develop greater leadership and facilitation skills among the officers.
On Saturday 18 June, six volunteer librarians from the Buddhist Māhavihāra (BMV) received training at Nalanda on how to use the OPAC library cataloging system. A special session to understand the functions and capabilities of the OPAC system was conducted by Pustaka Nalanda (Library) Director Bro. Ananda Fong, IT Manager Bro. Lam, and Operations Manager Sis. Chin.
On Saturday 16 April, Nalanda Institute’s Department of Leadership & Management Studies conducted a training session specially tailored for facilitators of Nalanda Dhamma School. Achariya Vijaya Samarawickrama, the Chairman of Nalanda Education Team, was invited to conduct the training on ‘Classroom Management’ and ‘Teaching Skills’.
On Sunday 21 February, after Nalanda Dhamma School’s annual ‘tea ceremony’, a group of facilitators gathered for a meeting with Nalanda founder Bro. H. S. Tan. In his sharing, Bro. Tan reminded the facilitators that in their noble effort to conduct the school’s sessions, they should always keep in mind to achieve the “best outcome” and not just produce the “highest output”.
On Saturday 30 January, Sis Sunanda Ong and Sis. Nandini Tan conducted a special training session for facilitators of Nalanda Dhamma School. In the first part of the training, Dhamma School Director Sis. Sunanda introduced the School’s programmes for the first semester to the facilitators; she also explained that the current focus would be on building good friendship, inculcating Buddhist culture, and achieving family well-being.
From 24 to 26 September, the Nusantara Buddhist Youth (also known as ‘Tarabuddy’) held its 3-day annual camp at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang. The participants consisted of Indonesian undergraduates aged between 18 and 21 years old, studying in Malaysia. The theme of the camp was “It all starts from Me”.
The Fellowship Undergraduate Network (F.U.N.) organised by Nalanda Youth Centre will be back this October! F.U.N. is meant for Buddhist undergraduates and youths to learn leadership skills and at the same time, to interact with other young Buddhists from various universities and colleges. Through this programme, participants are given the training to be an effective leader through courses and activities. It is a lively session that encourages positive interaction, learning and laughter!
On Saturday 12 September, Nalanda Institute organised an emceeing workshop themed, “Inspire Your Audience”. The fruitful workshop was designed to train in-house emcees to host various Nalanda programmes and activities with poise, confidence and effectiveness. The facilitators, Sis. Sadhika Tan and Bro. Tong, shared many useful techniques including ways to overcome stage fright, effective delivery, as well as organising and preparing the presentation.
On Sunday 12 April, Nalanda Institute invited Associate Professor Dr. Edwin Chung to conduct a workshop on “Inculcating Innovation” for 40 Nalanda officers. Dr. Chung, who is the Associate Dean at Taylor’s University School of Engineering, and the Head for Taylor’s Technology Innovation Centre (TTIC), introduced a range of innovation philosophies and processes to guide participants in understanding the factors that contribute to an organisation’s innovative character, and how these help to enhance our services to the community.
From 24 – 25 January, a team of 7 facilitators from Johor Bahru arrived at Nalanda Centre, Sri Serdang for a follow-up facilitators’ training programme. They were warmly welcomed and hosted by Nalanda Dharma School Director, Sis. Sunanda and the facilitators.