Training/Workshop

Parental & Community Engagement Program

17th August 2019

Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association was invited by the Ministry of Education, Science & Technological Research Sarawak (MESTR) to give talk & conduct activities during their Parental & Community Engagement Program yesterday. The program was a collboration between MESTR, Song District Office & Pejabat Pendidikan Song.

The program was held at Rumah Austin Ekau in Nanga Sipan, Song and officiated by the Minister of Education, Science & Technological Research Sarawak, YB Dato Sri Michael Manyin Jawong.

The purpose of the program was to raise awareness amongst the longhouse folk that parents and the community play a crucial role in their children’s education. Folks from a total of 8 longhouses took part in the program namely Rh Austin Ekau, Rh Kancing, Rh Sudin, Rh Kana Anak Antalai, Rh Gaing, Rh Nyulang, Rh Aut & Rh Sumbang.
DR. Florianna Lendai Michael, Vice-President of SDGA gave a talk to secondary students at SMK Katibas that was focused on how they can better excel in their studies by having the right attitude & mentally as well as the various educational pathways they can follow after SPM.

Meanwhile, Alicia Augustine (Deputy Secretary-General of SDGA) conducted an activity with the primary school children at Rumah Austin Ekau to encourage them to share their aspirations and the future ambitions and not be afraid to dream big.

SDGA Exco member, Mdm. Hazelynn Rimbar, who is also the Principal Assistant Secretary for STEM & English Section under MESTR, was also present and played a major role in organizing the program and ensuring it was conducted successfully.

SDAG would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in this program especially YB Dato Sri Michael Manyin, Song District Officer, PPD Song, Tuai Rumah of Rumah Austin Ekau and all the Rumahs involved, SMK Katibas, and last but not least, everyone at MESTR. Thank you for inviting SDGA to be a part of this wonderful program and we look forward to more collaborations with the Ministry in developing and shaping the future of education in Sarawak.

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SMK SARATOK TALK

27th July 2019

SMK Saratok, its PIBG, and Persatuan Alumni SMK Saratok (PASMS) organised a talk for its Form 5/SPM students. Over 170 students, and 30 parents attended the event as participants.

SDGA was invited to give a talk on “Study options after SPM” & “Jobs in Sarawak”. SDGA was represented by its President, Gary Ningkan.

PASMS members shared on their life and career experiences. PASMS was represented by DR Cliffton Akoi Pengarah (SDGA Lifetime member), DR Thomas Buan (SDGA Lifetime Member), Mr Johnathan Bedindang, and Mr Michael Anchang.

It was a pleasure of ours to have collaborated together with all the parties mentioned.

We wish all the student of SMK Saratok the very best for their upcoming SPM examinationand we hope to have them as members in the not so distant future.

 

SARAWAK’S SCIENTIFIC PIONEERS: IBAN NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTORS IN THE BROOKE ERA at OLD COURTHOUSE KUCHING

15th June 2019

On 15th June 2019, Sarawak Dayak Graduates Association (SDGA) together with Friends of Sarawak Museum (FoSM) hosted a free talk by a historian, Jennifer Morris, on the important role that the Ibans of Sarawak played in the history of Science. Jennifer is a historian specialising in the history of museums and science in colonial South-East Asia (SEA). She is currently completing the final stages of her PhD in the Department of History at the National University of Singapore. Her doctoral research focuses on the history of the Sarawak Museum during the Brooke Era.

Traditionally, the Ibans appear in the histories of the Brooke state as mainly headhunters and warrior. Therefore, it came as a surprise for many to learn that a network of Iban people began spreading across South-East Asia and beyond working as professional scientific collectors of animal and plants in the late 1800s.

The talk was attended by some 30 individuals across various professional fields who were keen to learn more about the history of the Ibans in the field of sciences. Stories of some of these remarkable men and their contributions to global scientific enquiry were shared with the most prominent figure being Lajang Gaddi Sang, a collector who originated from Saribas who made his name in Thailand. Lajang was part of a voyage that went to the USA in 1937 to transport animals and specimens to the National Museum. Other notable figures were Ketit, Sajai and Bulang, to name a few.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in organising the event and to everyone who attended as well. Last but not least, a very special thank you to Jennifer Morris for sharing her knowledge and experience with us.