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This ‘Boat-Thru’ Library Was SK Luagan’s Solution To Sarawak’s Floods

This ‘Boat-Thru’ Library Was SK Luagan’s Solution To Sarawak’s Floods

Floods in Lawas made it difficult for students to participate in PdPR learning.

Akmal Hakim

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There’s an old proverb that goes, “tuntutlah ilmu biar sampai ke negeri Cina,” which encourages people to seek out knowledge no matter how far the journey may take them.

Well for the student of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Luagan in Lawas, Sarawak, the search for education brings them on an adventure they won’t soon forget, and what most Malaysian’s would only dream of.

Feast your eyes on the amazing SK Luagan Boat-Thru Library.

Pioneered by the school’s very own teacher, Muhammad Nazmi Rosli, this floating library serves as an essential port for the students of SK Luagan to take part in home-based learning and teaching (PdPR) classes while the school remained closed due to the pandemic.

The library was built as a temporary harbour in Kampung Luagan so pupils can easily get access to learning materials for their studies.

See, due to the lack of internet access in Lawas, the school implements what’s called the ‘flipped classroom’ method where students are provided with teaching aids such as books or videos for them to study with.

With parts of Lawas ravaged by floods, it made it difficult for students to move about.

The school library was also forced to closed.

(Credit: Sekolah Kebangsaan Luagan Lawas via Facebook)

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So Cikgu Nazmi, with the help of SK Luagan’s community, built up the wooden library with their own bare hands to facilitate education in the area.

“The water still hasn’t gone away, so we built a tiny library using a small hut that was high enough from the floods,” the teacher told TRP, explaining that the school’s boat was used to ferry students back and forth to the library in waist-deep floodwaters.

The tiny isle of knowledge comes with its own jetty, rows of books and a study area for kids to work.

The library even has its own MySejahtera QR code sign-in corner to maintain Covid-19 SOP.

I’m happy to have colleagues and school admins that believe in my initiative. It’s just another little thing we can do to help the students and make the PdPR run smooth.

SK Luagan teacher Muhammad Nazmi Rosli.

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