Recently on 2 February 2017; R.E.A.L International School, Johor Bahru played host to 27 Japanese students and two teachers from the Junior and Senior High School of Showa Women’s University, Tokyo. Extending a warm welcome to the visitors were 27 girls from our international school who acted as the Japanese students’ buddies throughout the day.
This cultural exchange programme is an initiative taken by the school to bring students from different cultural, religious, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds together and provide them the opportunity to develop greater understanding of cultural diversity between the two countries.
As a multiracial and multi-ethnic society, one of the best ways to present Malaysia’s rich culture is through our unique traditional dances. Being part of the programme itself, our students performed captivating Malay, Indian and Chinese dance performances while the Japanese students entertained us with two songs of their own.
The students then mingled and built camaraderie by participating in fun English activities. The local ‘buddies’ then took their Japanese visitors on a brief school tour. All in all, it was a meaningful day filled with fun and laughter as both groups enlightened each other on their respective countries and customs. But just when the students were getting to know each other better, it was time to say goodbye. However, they duly exchanged their social media accounts and promised to stay in touch.
Cultural exchange programmes are among the many other initiatives organized by R.E.A.L Schools as part of its commitment to continuously provide students with positive, valuable experiences. Through these programmes, it is hoped that students would broaden their knowledge and understanding of other cultures; qualities that would serve them well in the future especially in today’s global society.