A brief history about Projek Kalsom
Formerly known as Projek Kalsom, The Kalsom Movement is an independent and voluntary student-led charity movement registered in Malaysia as Kelab Belia Kalsom under Registrar of Youths (PPBM 8086/12) which specialises in tackling education inequality in Malaysia.
The movement has been fully endorsed by Malaysia’s Ministry of Education, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Rakan Muda, Education Malaysia in the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as the Malaysia Book of Records for the longest running-student-led motivational camp.
Since it was established in 1994, the movement has benefited more than 4000 beneficiaries via its numerous initiatives and programmes.
The Kalsom Movement, focuses on developing Malaysia’s future leaders by empowering university students to share their knowledge and skills to help younger economically-disadvantaged Malaysian students achieve their ambitions. In turn, our volunteers also benefit from discovering their own leadership potentials and organisational skills as well as becoming more perceptive of issues surrounding education inequality in Malaysia which will hopefully instil a sense of civic awareness towards their local community and towards the country as whole. We believe in the importance of education in eradicating poverty and propagating upward social mobility and our projects reflect this agenda.
24th AUGUST 2019 – In conjunction with Kalsom Silver Jubilee Celebration
The Kalsom Movement is an independent and voluntary student-led charity movement which specialises in tackling the issue of education inequality in Malaysia. In 1994, two Malaysian students from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) organised the first Projek Kalsom in Jerantut, Pahang with volunteers amongst Malaysian students studying in the UK.
The project became an annual event and since the 3rd project, the United Kingdom Executive Council for Malaysian Students (UKEC) took over the management of the project became the council’s annual agenda during the Summer Holidays for Malaysian students studying in the UK.
In 2012, Projek Kalsom became an independent movement and a registered youth organisation with the Malaysian Ministry of Youth with a new name – The Kalsom Movement. It has also evolved from a programme exclusively conducted by Malaysian students studying in the UK to a nationwide programme involving volunteers from Malaysian students in tertiary education locally and abroad.
The Kalsom Movement has been recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records as the longest running student-led motivational camp. The Kalsom Movement focuses on developing Malaysia’s future leaders by empowering university students to share their knowledge and skills to help younger economically-disadvantaged Malaysian students achieve their ambitions. The Movement believes in the importance of education in eradicating poverty and propagating upward social mobility and all its projects reflect this agenda.
On 24th August 2019, the Kalsom Movement Silver Jubilee Dinner is held at the Ambassador, Putrajaya commemorating the 25th anniversary of the movement. In conjunction with the silver jubilee celebrations, The Kalsom Alumni was also launched to mark another milestone for Kalsom. The Alumni has been registered with the Malaysian Registrar of Societies and its objective is to support the Kalsom Movement with access to the huge network of former facilitators and participants of the project since 1994. With the formation of the Alumni, it will ensure the continuity of the spirit of Kalsom amongst the members in the future.
The event was hosted by the Organising Committee of The Kalsom Movement under the presidency of Engku Fazmie Bin Engku Azahan. Representing the Kalsom Alumni is its President – Megat Iskandar Bin Megat Zaharuddin, former Director of Kalsom 8 and Chairman of the UKEC (2001-2003). Apart from the Directors of Kalsom from yester-years, prominent figures present were YB Nik Nazmi Bin Nik Ahmad, MP of Setiawangsa, former Kalsom 10 facilitator and Vice-President of the UKEC (2003-2004) and Dato’ Fadzli Shah Anuar, Chief Strategic Officer of Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) – former Director of Kalsom 11.