Iris Tan and Jagdish Bhain, Committee members of ESU Malaysia, tell us more about the collaborative work between them and ESU Bangladesh.
It all started in the year 2010 when ESU Bangladesh wanted to participate in the International Public Speaking Competition. In view of ESU Malaysia’s active and successful participation in the annual IPSC (its participants reached the final a number of times) and the proximity of the two countries, ESU Bangladesh enquired if ESU Malaysia could send two trainers to Dhaka, Bangladesh to conduct a public speaking course or workshop for its aspiring participants.
ESU Malaysia then selected two of their most experienced members for this first regional collaboration.
In Dhaka, both Roopi and I shared how we conducted the IPSC in Malaysia. Before the actual competition, full day public speaking workshops in five centres throughout the country were organized for the participants who wanted to take part in the competition. Non-competitors who wanted to know more about public speaking were also welcomed to join. All these workshops were conducted by a team of experienced public speaking trainers. Public speaking guidelines and rules to the Competition according to the IPSC handbook were presented and discussed with the participants. Feedback from the participants indicated that these workshops were a great help to them.
In subsequent years, we were again invited to do mentoring sessions with mentors from different participating institutions and also to guide Bangladesh‘s national champion. We are always well taken care of and warmly hosted by ESU Bangladesh. Credit goes to ESU Malaysia and Bangladesh for promoting such a collaboration.
In summary, I would like to express that ESUs in different countries should work together and especially on a regional basis as this would indeed help create greater global understanding through English.
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