PUTRAJAYA – Amid the tight itinerary of delegates attending the various sessions at the International Conference On Blue Ocean Strategy (ICBOS), the batik colouring activities have grabbed their attention to mentally unwind and enjoy the beauty of Malaysia’s arts heritage.
The activities are showcased by the Shah Alam Special Vocational Education Secondary School in Selangor, involving 11 students with learning and hearing disabilities who are taking batik drawing courses under the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM).
According to their school teacher Lily Hartini Saparuddin, besides introducing Malaysian batik art to delegates from within and outside the country, such activities also gave these students the opportunity to interact with the visitors.
“Each cloth is painted by the students themselves based on their favourite patterns and sold at RM5. Buyers are given the opportunity to dabble with the painting and take it home.
“Today we brought 42 paintings and in less than half a day, almost all have been sold,” she told Bernama at the booth of the Education Ministry at the exibition held in conjunction with the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) Open Day at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) here today.
Lily Hartini said the school, which has 200 students, also offered courses in sewing, cooking, housekeeping, welding and building construction.
She said the school also applied the Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) concept through cooperation with the private sector, especially in terms of training.
Meanwhile one of the delegates, Siti Noorhainani Adnan said the variety of interesting activities being held at the exhibition such as batik colouring was a crowd puller as BOS is viewed as a serious topic and such activities could attract the attention of the young generation, in particular.
The NBOS Open Day, which runs from Aug 14 to 20, is being held in conjunction with ICBOS with the theme ‘Transforming Nations through Creativity and Innovation’ in PICC from Aug 16 to 18 and the 2016 Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) conference at the same venue from Aug 18 to 20. – BERNAMA