Special-needs students from Sabah Vocational College win international puppetry contest

Picture from The New Straits Times

Special-needs students from Sabah Vocational College win international puppetry contest

BY: Patrick Beech

Special needs students from the Keningau Vocational College recently clinched the top spot in the puppetry category at the Art Marathon festival in Germany.

The competition was organised by the European Association of Folklore Festivals (EAFF) and drew participants from around the world.

The students' teacher Sirhajwan Idek, said the team consisted of four students with hearing impairments and four students with learning disabilities.

The team submitted their video entry entitled 'Tambuakar', a Sabahan folktale on a mythical dragon, said Sirhajwan.

The team showcased their creativity and storytelling prowess through puppetry, portraying the story of Tambuakar, the dragon of the Padas River, as it migrated from the forest to the river due to human encroachment, with its agitation leading to floods.

The members of this victorious team were Danial Edrin Bin Roslan, Mohammad Hanif Haiqal, Muhamad Shazric, Radet Jainol, Mohammad Rezwanddy Mohammad Ali, Johan Jomilin, Shahrul Adha Mohd Damsi, and Mohd Nur Syafiri Jaiman.

Keningau Vocational College director Nordin bin Akup said he was extremely happy with the students' achievement, and that it was a testament to the capabilities of special needs students and their potential to excel alongside their peers.