"We believe in building up a good support network among neighbours. Our activities serve as a platform for residents to mingle and get to know one another,” shares Madam AJ Suhani Sujari, Chairperson of Mountbatten CC MAEC. Since the start of Covid-19, many regular activities have been shelved, and new formats have to be adopted. Even as Singapore progressed into Phase two, activities such as physical learning journeys were still postponed. Determined not to let the situation dampen the importance of regular interaction among neighbours, Suhani mooted the idea of virtual learning journeys so residents can continue to "meet" and interact. This idea quickly received support from fellow volunteers, including Mr Kasmuri Bin Hambali, who is known to his peers as the walking Wikipedia of Singapore's History. Mr Kasmuri explains, "While we curate the sharing, we factored in components and encouraged residents to share their memories of key milestones in Singapore's history. In the past sessions, we are always pleasantly happy when residents are open to sharing their personal experiences." Since October 2020, the MAEC has organised three virtual learning journeys sessions. As there is a high population of seniors living in Mountbatten, the organisers collaborated with block ambassadors who hosted neighbours at their house. "Thankfully, our neighbour Juriah welcomed us to her house to attend the session together. Otherwise, we would likely be attending the virtual session “outside” the zoom meeting room," laughs Auntie Nurul Huda and Auntie Muntamah who are new to using Zoom. Laptops and Tablets were also set up in the Mountbatten Community Club (CC) for residents who did not have their personal devices. Residents like Clarice and Lay Hong, who did not have suitable personal devices, managed to take part in the activity using the equipment set up in the CC. Clarice and Lay Hong shares, “We had a lot of fun learning from Mr Kasmuri and interacted with other neighbours.” If you are interested to learn more about Singapore's history, do sign up for the upcoming session on 6 December 2020 via https://go.gov.sg/mbmaeclearningjourney2
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