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The next stop for Emila and I was at SK Empila, a school that had more than 55 students. Most of the students who participated in this session are those aged 10 years and above.

Emila, the master craftsperson, whose visit has been made possible by Oyez Books, laid down the theme first. And what could be better in Kuching than cats.

The children made some lovely cat crafts from papers. They had lots of fun. It was an experience in cooperation and hands-on learning as the children – with some help from Emila – came up with simple yet stunning designs.

At the end, the smiles said it all.

By George Abraham


It was a reasonably long journey that Emila Yusof and I took to meet the students of SK Tanjung Tuang. The school is located in Kota Samarahan, about 40 km from Kuching.

The distance did not matter as it was worth going to SK Tanjung Tuang. More than 100 students were waiting for Emila to arrive. Emila, whose visit is supported by Oyez Books, got into the act rightaway with a 3D paper cutting session. The children had a great time with the entire activity. The main objective of the session was to develop the fine motor skills that young children need in order to hold pencils.

Before the activity began, Emila gave them a talk and laid out guidelines. With a little help from the teachers, not only did the children execute their plans well, they also enjoyed themselves immensely.

By George Abraham