Peter (standing centre) with St Michael Secondary School officials and students during the presentation of Bible Knowledge text books to Christian students

SANDAKAN: All Christian students have been encouraged to take up Bible Knowledge (BK) particularly in their SPM examination.

There are at least three benefits we can have from taking up BK, that is, learning about positive core values, guidance for good life and best way to become more successful young leader,”

UPKO Libaran Division chairman Dr. Peter Jr Naintin said when distributing BK text books to Christian students of St Michael Secondary School recently

We were indeed thankful to UPKO President, Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, especially on the contribution of 50 sets of text book (the Gospel of Luke and the Acts) to students of St Michael Secondary School who are taking Bible Knowledge subject, Peter said.

“This is a continuation of UPKO’s efforts and challenges derived from our Honorary President Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, whose objective is to include BK as an elective subject in SPM,” he added.

Peter said UPKO was one of the organisations which had worked hard for Bible Knowledge to be taught again in schools.

At the very beginning, we have found out that many Christian students were not keen to take Bible Knowledge for SPM but since we had launched various awareness campaigns, more and more Christian students took up the subject, Peter said.

Peter who is also UPKO Supreme Council member said he was touched to note the efforts and commitment from St Michael Secondary School principal Henley Liew, BK teacher Jus Chang Nyuk Ying  and Pastor Margaret Chong for arranging the programme.

Meanwhile, Peter urged more Christian students to participate in the Bible Knowledge Quiz and Christian Student Fellowship – Leadership Camp next year. 

The programme will be held in June/July 2020, and the organiser is targeting 100 new young leaders and 600 Christian students respectively from more than 15 schools in Sandakan district, Peter added.

This year, the event was attended by Christian students and teachers from SM St Mary, SMK Konven St Cecilia, SM St Michael, SM Sung Siew, SMJK Tiong Hua, SMK Sandakan, SMK Sandakan 2, SMK Muhibbah, SMK Elopura 2, Kolej Tingkatan 6 Datuk Pengiran Galpam, SMK Beluran, SMK Beluran 2, SMK Pamol, SMK Penangah, SMK Simpangan dan Indah Anglican Church, Peter noted.

“Our main purpose is to develop more new young leaders in our state, Sabah, through servant leadership, where the leader’s main goal is to serve. Leadership skills can be learned and cultivated. The strength of our country is our youths and without visions we are weak,” Peter said.

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