KidZania Kuala Lumpur, the award-winning indooreducational centre officially opened a new chapter in its CongreZZional history today through the inauguration of 20 new CongreZZ kids for the 2015 term.
CongreZZ is the legislative governmental body of KidZania that is overseen by 20 children (also referred to as CongreZZ Kids) who are its elected representatives and naturalised citizens. Voted into office, KidZania CongreZZ congregates quarterly at the city level to share ideas and voice opinions in order to keep KidZania’s spirit alive, current and socially relevant. The purpose and intent of these meetings are tobenefit the KidZanian community by discussing topics such as media, entertainment, education, literature, as well as sharing the main concerns of tourists and citizens of KidZania.
First introduced to KidZania Kuala Lumpur in 2014, CongreZZ Kids are required to serve KidZania for a period of one year, in which a new election campaign will take place at the end of each term. The 2015 KidZania CongreZZ campaign attracted over 260 applications as opposed to 200 over applications garnered at the 2014 inaugural CongreZZ.
The 20 candidates were elected into office after a rigorous selection process that includes résumé and video submissions, face-to-face interviews and finally an electoral campaign run in KidZania Kuala Lumpur for the people’s votes. All applicants are judged based on their exemplary aptitude in the areas of education, communication skills, sociability, creativity, respectfulness, articulation as well as overall personality attributes by the panel of judges whose expertise cover the fields of education, training and marketing.
Susanah Abdul Rani, Governor of KidZania Malaysia who presided over the occasion said, “KidZania CongreZZ is an authentic and powerful developmental experience that will prepare its members for the real world. Through their participation of engaging forums and activities, they will be exposed to situations and opportunities where they can exercise their independence, build their confidence, and gain skills in decision-making, critical thinking and communications.”
In 2014, CongreZZ Kids members worked together to implement credible change to KidZania Kuala Lumpur, effectively tabling activities that both parents and children could participate in together, as well as ensuring that posters be placed as reading materials for fellow children to keep entertained while waiting for their turn at the establishments. They also made other significant appearances in the World Summit on Media for Children – a global movement to develop and improve quality media for children, participated in English Mania – the pilot phase by the Ministry of Education for the first-ever English based learning experience programme for students and teachers at KidZania Kuala Lumpur, and were actively involved in reforestations efforts under KidZania’s ‘Kids for a Greener World’ environmental campaigns.
“It is a big responsibility that we are placing on the CongreZZ Kids, but it is through responsibility that they will develop a hunger to accomplish their dreams. It is an essential part of growth and KidZania Kuala Lumpur is proud to be able to provide an avenue to educate, inspire and empower children as they discover life in this city that is built just for them,” added Susanah.
Benefits of being a KidZania CongreZZ Kid includes participation and decision-making on activity enhancement at KidZania Kuala Lumpur, an exclusive CongreZZ Kids Office Package that consists of a back pack, t-shirt, badge and stationaries set, a plaque in recognition of service to KidZania CongreZZ and complimentary monthly admission into KidZania Kuala Lumpur for the CongreZZ Kid and his or her four friends.
Named the ‘Best Experience for Kids’ in Expatriate Lifestyle’s Best of Malaysia Awards 2014 for the second consecutive year running, KidZania Kuala Lumpur goes beyond traditional teaching mediums to continuously look at opportunities to expose kids to new experiences and endless occupational possibilities. It has become the preferred place of co-curriculum amongst schools as more and more schools and children choose KidZania for out of classroom learning, to explore real life experience, learn about decision making and many more.
For more information, visit www.kidzania.com.my or call the KidZania CareLine at 1300 88 KIDZ (5439). Or get connected with KidZania through Facebook at www.facebook.com/KidZaniaKualaLumpur or tweet us at @KidZaniaKL.