Character Formation & Service Learning

Character Formation

Character Formation is a niche course provided by MCKL compulsory for majority of the programs to go through. A subject that is one of a kind that barely touches on academics but mainly on life. It teaches how at the end of the day it is character that wins it all and it is what gets you going in life. Students will be challenged to rethink their life position and question their values in what it means to be human and what it means to be in a community. Topics that are discussed are usually taboo such as pornography, abortion, and racism. Contemporary issues are brought forward in class to discuss and will be guided and facilitated to put critical thinking and problem solving skills into application. It is understood that character cannot be taught and can only be caught. Thus, the class focuses on changing not the behavior but the hearts and minds of students in what it means to be an excellent individual in which they will then live out in their lives.

With Character Formation, MCKL aims to:

  • develop core ethical values in the formation of character
  • develop character through the planning and execution of community-service programmes
  • develop leadership skills through group projects

Syllabus for Character Formation are:

  • Core ethical values
  • Spiritual formation
  • Basic leadership development
  • Critical and Creative Thinking skills
  • Problem Solving skills
  • Project Management skills

Successful students will be able to:

  • discover and understand the self and other people
  • organise projects
  • learn important ‘soft skills’ that are useful in university and employment (leadership, time management, thinking skills, project management, etc.)
  • work in a relaxed environment with other like-minded friends
  • improve CV, entry into universities or job applications

 

Service Learning

This course is an educational experience that requires participation in an organised service activity that meets identified community needs. Students reflect on their service activity through writing, discussion and reading to gain further understanding of course content, broaden their appreciation of the discipline, and enhance their sense of civic responsibility. Students learn through hands-on interaction and experience, and relate their experiences to course material through discussion and written assignments for academic credit.

With Service-Learning, MCKL aims to:

  • enhance students’ academic performance by providing a unique platform for problem-solving, critical thinking and creative thinking
  • cultivate soft skills, and develop students’ ability to collaborate, adapt and apply
  • foster the growth of students as relevant and valuable members of the public through interaction with communities, synthesis of academic material, processing of feedback, revision and implementation, and reflection of personal experiences
  • promote an awareness of community needs, hone students’ values and belief systems (e.g. commitment to activism and racial understanding), and facilitate an increased sense of personal efficacy
  • enrich students’ educational experience through the provision of holistic education that reflects the College’s vision and mission
  • engage students in lifelong learning through service

Successful students will be able to:

  • Apply academic, social, and personal skills to improve the community
  • Make decisions that have real results
  • Gain respect for peers, and increase civic participation

Listed below are some of the non-profit organizations where our students do their community service:

  • Malaysian Association for the Blind (MAB)
  • Wisma Harapan (Centre for the mentally disadvantaged)
  • Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Selangor 
  • Dignity and Services
  • YMCA (Street Feeding)

Find out how Service Learning can help student stand out from the rest in university application.