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Cleanliness and school truancy in Kampung Tengah, Gombak

Zamri, Zahid (2022) Cleanliness and school truancy in Kampung Tengah, Gombak. In: Workshop 3.0: AHAS KIRKHS Synergised Academic and Student Activities for Holistic Student Development, 19 September 2022, International Islamic University Malaysia. (Unpublished)

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Purpose: Based from the discussion between the AbdulHamid AbuSulayman Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences with the Head of Villagers of the seven villages in the Setapak's district, there were a number of essential issues that need to be catered in order to improve the living environment of the people within the villages. Amongst the issues were the problems of cleanliness and school truancy. As the instructor of the Ethics and Politics course together with its students, we had chosen these two issues as the problems that we wanted to address in helping the society. First we gathered the data by conducting interviews with the villagers. Then we came out with videos and reports to highlight the factors and challenges that lead to the issues; and suggestions to solve the problems. Based on the findings, as the first intervention, an educational-based programme called the Ruhul Muhsin (Good Soul) programme was conducted to educate the children of the villages about cleanliness and school truancy. Design: The reseach is based on the case study design with Kampung Tengah, Gombak, as the chosen case study and its villagers as the participants. Method:  29 students from the Ethics and Politics class involved in collecting the data and producing the reports in this first cycle of action research. Six families participated as respondents; three families were interviewed on the issue of cleanliness and the other three families were asked to address the problem of school truancy. Findings: The study found that school truancy was not really a significant problem that worried the participants. They were more concerned about the problem of uncleanliness that has been burdening the villagers for years. The dumping of “illegal” rubbish, improper garbage bins, narrow roads, were among the factors that led to the problem of uncleanliness in the village. While the demands for a more frequent garbage collection, road renovation, a more effective involvement of relevant authorities, were some of the suggested solutions. Nonetheless, for school truancy, the respondents highlighted the present of a cyber cafe in their village and “inattractive” schools as the determinants of the issue. In response to these “distractions”, regular weekend classes and motivational programmes were proposed as the effective measures. Significances: The project became the platform wherein the students translated the subject matter of Ethics and Politics into real-life scenario, especially in relation to the concepts of leadership, citizenry, and amanah (responsibility). At the same time, the village will continue to benefit from this action research project as it will be improved from time to time. When we have found the effective interventions to overcome the issues, these models afterwards can be replicated to other villages within the Setapak district, and thus will gain more coverage in terms of implementation. Keywords: Community engagement, Synergised academic activities, cleanliness, school truancy, and Kampung Tengah.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Papers)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Political Science
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Dr. Zahid Zamri
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2023 14:59
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2023 14:59
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/101810

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