YPS webinar via Zoom, FB Live

KUCHING: Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) will be hosting a webinar entitled ‘Exploring the Unity in Sarawak Through Intergenerational Understanding’ on Thursday (Sept 9) via Zoom and Facebook Live.

The webinar, which concludes a five-part series that began in July this year, aims to emphasise the importance of intergenerational understanding and connection in order to bridge the ever-widening gap between generations and age groups as well as allow different generations and age groups to learn and benefit from one another’s knowledge and experiences.

“Participants will be able to articulate the role of family and household institutions as the fundamental unit of community and the bedrock of Sarawak’s unity while exploring additional opportunities and methods for strengthening Sarawak’s unity through intergenerational understanding, which will significantly aid in strengthening the family unit within the broader framework of the societal unit,” YPS said in a statement on Monday (Sept 6).

The webinar is part of a greater YPS project called Advancing Racial Cohesion and Harmony (ARCH), which aims to examine national unity and inter-racial harmony among Sarawak’s many ethnic groups.

“Adding to the series of webinars, focus groups, and round table discussions will also be held throughout the state to better understand how Sarawakians perceive race relations and national integration in the context of Sarawak,” it added.

The webinar will feature prominent speakers, namely, Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Sarawak Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah; Faculty of Language and Communication Universiti Malaysia Sarawak Associate Prof Dr Ting Su Hie and Yayasan Khazanah Scholar and Education Advocate Dawn Adrian. A youth activist Mohamed Hyypia will be moderating the webinar.

YPS said that previously, four webinars were held successfully in July and August.

“The first webinar focused on the fundamentals of Malaysians sharing a common history, as well as the role of shared history in achieving national integration and unity.

“As for the second webinar, the topic explored the effects of socioeconomic divides among various races and ethnicities in Malaysia, particularly in Sarawak, on national unity and integration.

“The third webinar, held in August, was a discourse about the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“Meanwhile, the fourth webinar examines the significance of religious harmony as the bedrock of unity that must be maintained for future generations in a multi-religious country and community,” it said.

The two-hour webinar is free and open to the public and there will also be a Q&A session after the presentations.

“Those interested can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/163320033617 or by scanning the QR code on the Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak Facebook Page.”