The youth from Malaysia will be visiting South Africa as part of the Universiti Putra Malaysia’s leadership skills development programme.
Tamil speaking youth from Malaysia will be visiting South Africa as part of the Universiti Putra Malaysia’s leadership skills development programme.
The visit takes place between August 28 to September 4 and will enable the youth to meet and interact with local youth from diverse, social and cultural backgrounds and exchange ideas and views.
“Since 1996, exchange visits have been taking place between Malaysian and South African adult cultural and business leaders thanks to the efforts of the late educationist, cultural leader and Tamil scholar, PI Devan and Paramasivam Muthusamy, a university professor, scout leader and great Tamil patron of Kuala Lampur,” Saranya Devan, the local co-ordinator of the visit said.
This visit by the Malaysians is intended to cement ties between Tamils in Malaysia and South Africa. There are great similarities between the Indian communities in Malaysia and South Africa.
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“Much is being done in Malaysia to propagate the Tamil language, especially spoken Tamil. It is hoped that the tourists will share experiences in this regard. Among the Malaysian youth will be some singers and Indian classical dancers as well as youth who are skilled in traditional Tamil games such as Kabaddi and Silambam. A concert is planned to be staged with singers, musicians and dancers from both local and visiting youth,” added Devan.
Devan revealed that the Malaysian students hope to interact with students from both the University of KwaZulu-Natal and Durban University of Technology as well as visit the Indian Documentation Centre in Derby Street, the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, the Gandhi Settlement in Phoenix, some temples, a safari park and other places of interest.
Devan went on to encourage local youth between the ages of 16 and 35 to become involved in hosting the visiting youth by sharing their talents.
She further revealed a planning meeting will take place on Saturday, May, 25 at 2pm. The planning meeting will take place the Sithivinayager Temple Hall, 287 Felix Dlamini Road (Brickfield Road), Overport, Durban.
“By playing host to the visitors, local youth will understand the challenges and opportunities for youth in Malaysia. In return, the Malaysians will reciprocate the kindness when a group of South African youth visits Malaysia in 2020,” Devan said.
For more information or if youth are keen to be a part of this exciting venture, Saranya Devan can be contacted on 071-681-1555 or via email [email protected]