GoodKids League - children at their creative best

Modified 25 Aug 2016, 9:49 am

Students from various schools participated in GoodKids League 2016 that took place on Aug 13 at PJ Live Arts, Jaya One, entertaining the audience with their creativeness.

Seventy students from SMK Taman Tasik Ampang, Methodist Girls School KL, Sivananda Home Batu Caves, Pusat Jagaan Kanak Kanak Kuala Kubu Baru and Orang Asli Community at Kampung Batu 12 Gombak competed for the grand prize at this event.

The children had been training since early February this year on recycled percussion, body percussion and acting skills.

The social enterprise’s core team consists of three co founders S Balasubramaniam, a counselling psychologist and creative mastermind who made and guided the students in making various instruments using only recycled items.

Naaraayini Balasubramaniam, develops the training modules and is on the ground for GoodKids weekly training.

Koggelavani Muniandy steers the role towards fundraising and planning the direction of GoodKids.

“The team witnessed the students’ growth and confidence when performing. This is the impact that GoodKids aims to create among the youth. All three of us have been training the students consistently to instill positivity as well as allowing them to learn amidst a joyful atmosphere an environment,” said Koggelavani.

Goodkids League 2016 provides an avenue for the youth from all backgrounds to show their capability that allows them to believe in themselves.

Through this initiative and event, the 70 students now have the ability to incubate an idea and demonstrate their skits on stage through recycled percussion, body percussion and acting.

Each group’s performance was vital to gain points from GoodKids Celebrity Judges, Razif Hashim an actor, Low Ngai Yuen of Kakiseni, Rabbit Mac of Psychounit and Adil Ali of No Noise Percussion and was supported by GoodKids volunteers and parents of the students.

GoodKids is sponsored and supported by ECM Libra Foundation, EWRF, MaGIC, The Make It Right Movement (MIRM), Pengurusan Sri Dhayaa Sdn Bhd and GIS Resources Sdn Bhd.

The event was a great opportunity for the GoodKids to show what they do and with this platform GoodKids are already brewing ideas for their next event.

About GoodKids Malaysia

GoodKids is a social enterprise that helps at risk youth to build self confidence using performing arts.

What started as a volunteer programme for one school in Ampang has now grown into a structured 20-week programme for 70 secondary students from six centres (three public schools, two shelter homes and a Orang Asli community). These students learn percussion using recycled items, body percussion and acting which helps them to build self confidence and rediscover their capability.

The programme, which provides a weekly touch base between the trainers and the students, has seen up to 70 percent retention rate and an active participation from these students.

They are also taught social responsibility and encouraged to engage in giving back activities such as guiding their peers and resolving an existing problem in their community.