Of leadership, respect and managing emotions
Students from MySkills were exposed to some life skills through Mr. Parthiban from Salem South India, in addition to what they have been learning about such skills. Spending a week from 26th February 2018 to 8th March 2018, Mr Pathiban shared about what it takes to be a good leader, making decisions, being responsible, helping the poor and even how to save.
Reflecting about the sessions that they were taken through, different students expressed similar sentiments, of following what he shared. Durga said she liked the idea of being in silence and being at peace when making a decision. She said she has been practicing it the last two weeks. For Sofea, the practice of showing respect to others stands out. She hopes to speak with some of her friends about it. Lavanya who agrees about being respectful, adds that she saw the impotence of being responsible, a point also raised in the sessions. Kanagie picks up on the point of self talk because “I am my friend”. Yashine adds about the need to help others and that one must not be selfish. Shavina reflects on the point about leadership and its importance in life. She wants to follow that and be a good leader.
In a separate session for the students at Port Klang, Pathiban ,also shared and interacted with them. Seelan leant, among other things, the importance of thinking before acting while Nithayandan picks up on helping the poor. For Patmen, the reflection on the importance of family was another important aspect. Duvien, Dashwin and Yuvan see that respecting one another is important, so too, sharing and caring for others. Praveen and Nigen, share similar thoughts about what they learnt and add about the importance of sharing with others what they have learnt as well as to respect adults.
All students say they will try and continue to practice what they have learned in order to be better persons. They are grateful to Mr. Pathiban for taking the time with them.
Footnote: Mr Pathiban who lives in Salem, South India has banking experience and in that time, he has made efforts to help petty traders be freed from exploitative money lenders. He is associated with an International organization called Initiatives of Change. His interaction and sharing with MySkills students was based on his experiences.
Please Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTF094ZBbXc&t=167s