It has been four years since Muhammad Amirul Fitrii Muhtadiin graduated from Xinghua Elementary School, but he clearly remembers his term as Prefect in 2015.
“I remember giving motivational speeches, doing workshops for my third-year students, and organizing a Teacher’s Day concert at our school,” says Amirul, who is now studying at Victoria School. “In my role as Chief Prefect, I had to interact a lot with others, giving me the opportunity to leave my comfort zone.”
It is the learning experience of Amirul that Xinghua Elementary School wants to impart to their students through their leadership program.
Every student has a role to play. They come to care for their class through various responsibilities, such as caregivers or administrators. Those with greater leadership potential are supported by their teachers for more responsibilities, such as: To direct their co-curricular activities (CCA) or become prefects.
However, student tours do not just end with the completion of projects for the school. They would also serve as role models for their colleagues. Experienced prefects would hold workshops to teach their younger colleagues their leadership. CCA leaders become ambassadors for their activities, while the leaders of the house are responsible for promoting healthy lifestyles among peers.
In addition to positive contributions to the school, the program also creates enriching learning experiences by encouraging students to leave their comfort zones, make contacts, and have a positive impact on their peers.
These tasks enable students to learn that members of their team in their group can have different opinions and are encouraged to gather and find consensus.
“They learn to listen, respect and work as a team,” says Diana Yin, head of the Xinghua Elementary School for Student Leadership. “These skills enable students to interact effectively and in harmony with others.”
The actions and decisions of leaders inevitably affect the people who support them. In Xinghua, students learn to look beyond their own interests and become aware of how they influence their friends.
Huang Jing, leader of the Guzheng CCA Who during the Do not listen to practice lessons, must be able to make the right and impartial decision. “
While all students can take leadership roles in their classrooms at a given time, not all prominent positions are assigned, such as CCA leaders and prefects. Therefore, students may feel disappointed or even jealous when their school partner has been selected for a role they expect.
Not being selected is not a setback but a learning moment.
“As a teacher, we set the roles and expectations of each leader and engage in conversations with those who are disappointed not to get a specific role,” says Ms. Yin. “We encourage students not to give up, keep working to achieve the role and support their friends, which will definitely help them to grow as leaders.”