SCHOOLS in Johor have decided to take the National Day spirit online this year, as they continue encouraging students and teachers to celebrate while staying safe at home.
Annual competitions, ceremonies, performances and other activities held in conjunction with National Day and Malaysia Day are now being hosted on social media platforms.
SK Taman Bukit Dahlia headmaster Mohd Senin Kassim said the school with about 1,487 pupils, started its national month activities from the beginning of August.
"This is the first time we are doing everything online and surprisingly, students seem to be more motivated to participate in the activities.
"There are about nine events being held from now until next month that involve all the pupils," he said.
He added that they included competitions on colouring, videos on social media, cooking traditional recipes, creating infographics and traditional clothes as well as singing.
"Pupils are required to send the relevant photos, videos and documents to the teachers," said Mohd Senin.
"We want to make sure that the spirit of patriotism remains high despite being unable to celebrate the events with their friends in school.
"So far, the response has been encouraging. Parents are also supportive in helping their children complete the tasks.
"We hope this can further ignite the Merdeka spirit not just among the pupils but also their families," he said.
Meanwhile, SKJ(T) Taman Tun Aminah headmaster N. Revindran said apart from singing and essay-writing competitions, pupils were also making Merdeka-themed face masks as part of the national month celebration.
"Every year, the school welcomes the national month with a grand celebration where we have a parade of cars decorated with the Jalur Gemilang.
"There will also be singing and dancing during the opening and closing ceremony. Sadly, we are unable to do that this year because of the pandemic.
"However, it does not mean that the pupils have to miss out on showing their love for the country. So, we decided to move our plans online.
"These include the opening ceremony that was carried out on Facebook live and other competitions on social media," he said.He added that it was important to make sure that pupils were aware of the importance of celebrating National Day from a young age.
Johor Information Department also realises the importance of promoting the National Day spirit online.
It was acknowledged by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad who, during the recent launch of "Fly the Jalur Gemilang" campaign on Facebook live, shared that the department was organising a number of activities, including talks and TikTok competition.
"Such programmes will not only forge a closer bond among the people but also provide them a platform to show their love for the country.
"I also hope that Johoreans will continue to support the government's campaign by flying the national flag at home and on their vehicles with pride," he said.
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