Education indeed begins at home. Research has found that of all the environmental factors that influence a child’s development, family has the most significant impact. Although most people value their families, some may not fully grasp the importance of improving family relationships.
R.E.A.L Schools always believes that, as an all-round educational institution, it has a role to play in empowering families to get more involved in their children’s development and well-being.
In view of this, R.E.A.L Schools, Johor Bahru Campus organized its annual Family Carnival Day on 22 July 2017 with the aim of educating parents and the public on the role of family in a child’s overall development. Adopting the theme of ’Cherish the Past, Savour the Present and Embrace the Future’; this year’s event puts greater emphasis on the importance of family on a child’s well-being.
The highlight of the event was arguably the Parenting Talk entitled ‘A Guide to Xtraordinary Relationship between Parents and Children’ by Mr. Joshua Liong, Curriculum Manager at Focus on the Family Malaysia. This educational talk forms part of the school’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative to help build and maintain stronger family bonds.
The talk helped parents to better understand their role in their children’s development, to be more competent in raising their children, and to enjoy their children’s presence in every situation regardless of the ups and downs. Mr. Joshua also demonstrated how parents play a big part in helping their children navigate through uncertain territories in today’s modern world.
Various family-bonding activities took place during the event; including 3+1 floors of exhibitions showcasing the past, present and ‘envisioned’ future of Asia’s three powerhouse countries; China, India and Japan. The additional floor featured a Disney-themed exhibition that catered especially to children aged 3 to 7 years, as well as those young at heart.
The exhibitions were a combined effort between the students and teachers of R.E.A.L International School, Johor Bahru Campus. Visitors could purchase cash coupon booklets and patronize food stalls selling 40 different mouth-watering local delicacies that enticed and satisfied every palate, as well as various game booths and DIY handicraft stalls which test one’s motor and intellectual skills.
This year’s edition of the Family Carnival Day proved successful in educating, engaging and entertaining both parents and visitors alike. R.E.A.L Schools always believes that, as an all-round educational institution, it has a role to play in empowering families to get more involved in their children’s development and well-being. The process and success of nurturing future generations of leaders is after all, a collaborative effort between all parties.