Langkah strategik kembang PAK21

JOHOR BAHRU - Pelan Tindakan Pendidikan Kelestarian Johor 2019-2023 diyakini mampu menjadi pemacu dalam meningkatkan kesedaran dan kepentingan  ekosistem alam sekitar sihat dalam kalangan pelajar.

Exco Hal Ehwal Agama Islam dan Pendidikan Johor, Aminolhuda Hassan berkata,  usaha itu dilihat sebagai langkah strategik memperkembangkan pendidikan Sains, Matematik, Kejuruteraan dan Teknologi (Stem) dan pembelajaran abad ke- 21 (PAK21) sebagai karakter pendidikan Johor.

“Melalui proses pembangunan potensi yang holistik dan komprehensif,  kita mampu melahirkan modal insan kelas pertama di sekolah-sekolah di negeri Johor.

“Pendidikan alam sekitar hendaklah dihayati bagi membolehkan  anak didik kita iaitu generasi yang akan mentadbir negara suatu hari  nanti dapat menjadi sebahagian penyelesaian kepada masalah utama dunia.

“Seterusnya anak didik kita ini boleh bergerak secara proaktif dan produktif bagi meningkatkan kualiti kehidupan  dan nilai murni tanpa membawa kerosakan kepada  alam sekitar,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap semasa merasmikan Seminar dan  Majlis Pelancaran Pelan Tindakan Pendidikan Kelestarian Johor 2019-2023, di Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Sultanah Engku Tun Aminah, di sini, semalam.

Aminolhuda berkata, Johor menerajui PAK21 sejak beberapa tahun lepas bertujuan menyediakan anak didik di negeri ini menghadapi cabaran masa akan datang. 

Sumber: https://www.karangkraf.com/gps-bestari/langkah-strategik-kembang-pak21-1.921535
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Gong daripada tong dram iringi kejayaan emas Sekolah Seni Perak di Beijing

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Jan (Bernama) -- Alat muzik yang dimainkan adalah barang-barang yang dikitar semula, tetapi hasil kreativiti pelajar dan guru-guru Sekolah Seni Malaysia Perak (SSeMP), Sungai Siput itu berjaya mengharumkan nama Malaysia di peringkat antarabangsa.

Persembahan teater ‘Mek Mulung-Hikayat Puteri 12 Beradik’ yang diiringi pukulan dua biji gendang dan gong yang diperbuat daripada tong dram, berjaya meraih emas di China Youth Spring Festival Gala Night & Global Youth Talent 2019, Sabtu lepas.

Guru Penolong Kanan Kesenian SSeMP Zuraini Abdullah berkata persembahan berdurasi lima minit oleh pelajar-pelajar teater Tingkatan Dua dan Tingkatan Tiga SSeMP itu diakui amat membanggakan walaupun kekurangan peralatan dan dana.

Artikel Penuh: http://www.bernama.com/bm/news.php?id=1689595
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Tambah baik program untuk jamin kebolehpasaran pelatih KV

PUTRAJAYA: Kementerian Pendidikan akan menambah baik program yang ditawarkan di Kolej Vokasional (KV) dikendalikan kementerian bagi memastikan setiap program memperoleh akreditasi yang sewajarnya, melalui Agensi Kelayakan Malaysia (MQA), sekali gus meningkatkan tahap kebolehpasaran pelatih.

Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran, Datuk Dr Amin Senin, berkata selepas tujuh tahun program peringkat Diploma Kolej Vokasional diperkenalkan, sudah tiba masanya program yang ditawarkan di KV memberi keutamaan kepada standard pendidikan yang tinggi selaras dengan hasrat melahirkan pelatih yang berkualiti tinggi.

Beliau berkata, langkah-langkah penambahbaikan ini sudah dibincang dan diberi pertimbangan mendalam sejak Mei tahun lalu, malah ia sudah melalui siri perbincangan dengan pelbagai pemegang taruh.

“Kementerian juga sudah mengadakan perbincangan bersama ibu bapa dan pelajar-pelajar serta pihak industri mengenai program yang ditawarkan di KV.

“Majoriti pemegang taruh menyambut baik hasrat KPM untuk membawa penambahbaikan yang relevan demi kepentingan pelajar dan negara,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini, hari ini.

Katanya, langkah penambahbaikan ini diambil selari dengan syor dan pandangan yang dikemukakan oleh pelbagai pemegang taruh termasuk Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan (NUTP).

Amin berkata, tanggapan atau dakwaan sesetengah pihak bahawa program tertentu sudah ditutup atau dihentikan adalah tidak tepat sama sekali.

Sebaliknya, tambah beliau, program berkenaan ditangguh untuk sementara waktu bagi tujuan semakan semula kurikulum demi memenuhi keperluan akreditasi MQA dan Jabatan Pembangunan Kemahiran.

“Ia bagi memastikan program yang ditawarkan adalah program yang bermutu dan berkualiti serta dapat dibawa ke tahap yang lebih tinggi bagi memenuhi permintaan industri.

“Adalah menjadi hasrat kementerian untuk memastikan persijilan dan piawaian industri dipatuhi serta dijadikan rujukan utama dari aspek kebolehpasaran, peningkatan kemahiran dan penambahbaikan kurikulum,” katanya.

Kementerian Pendidikan melaksanakan Transformasi Pendidikan Vokasional pada tahun 2012, dengan menyediakan program peringkat Diploma, selaras dengan hasrat kerajaan untuk memberi peluang kepada murid yang mempunyai kecenderungan dalam bidang kemahiran dan teknologi untuk memenuhi tenaga kerja dalam bidang industri negara.

Sistem Pendidikan Vokasional yang disediakan adalah berkualiti menerusi penyelarasan dasar pengoperasian, pembangunan prasarana fizikal dan penyediaan fasiliti serta program pengurusan akademik yang terancang dan berkesan untuk kemenjadian murid.

Ia turut bermanfaat untuk pengurusan sumber manusia, kewangan, pentadbiran dan hal ehwal murid yang berkesan, dan pembangunan profesionalisme berterusan yang terancang untuk guru serta pegawai.

Kementerian menetapkan sasaran menyediakan 70 peratus pelajar sebagai tenaga mahir untuk bekerja di industri manakala, 20 peratus lagi menyambung pengajian dan baki 10 peratus untuk menjadi usahawan.

 

Sumber: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/pendidikan/2019/01/524694/tambah-baik-program-untuk-jamin-kebolehpasaran-pelatih-kv
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SMK Tanjung Datuk Rangkul Pinggat Emas dan Anugerah Khas Pertandingan Ciptaan dan Reka Bentuk Antarabangsa

KOTA TINGGI: Berbekalkan produk inovasi alat penapis sisa makanan, Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Tanjung Datuk, Pengerang di sini, berjaya membawa pulang Anugerah Gold Medal dan Anugerah Khas sempena Pertandingan Ciptaan dan Reka Bentuk Antarabangsa di Hong Kong (Hong Kong IIDC 2018).

Dengan kejayaan pada pertandingan yang membabitkan kira-kira 160 penyertaan dari Jepun, Russia, Indonesia, Maghribi, Thailand, Taiwan, China dan Hong Kong, SMK Tanjung Datuk, Pengerang berjaya mengharumkan nama negara.

Dengan nama produk ‘An Apparatus For Treating Emulsion’ (FWF-EM), hasil rekaan empat pelajar, Fitri Hanani Azlen, 16; G Bavanee, 15; serta Sim Sau Yang dan Lim Wei Zhe masing-masing 17 tahun, itu berjaya menambat hati juri dalam pertandingan yang berlangsung di Pusat Konvensyen dan Pameran Hong Kong, Hong Kong, pada 4 hingga 7 Disember lalu.

Pasukan itu turut disertai tiga kru atau pelajar pembantu, tujuh guru pengiring dan seorang kakitangan sekolah.

Menurut Pengurus Pasukan, Latifah Saat, FWF-EM adalah sejenis alat penapis sisa makanan dari sinki yang direka untuk menyelesaikan masalah penjagaan pembersihan penapis itu daripada enapan sisa makanan dan minyak yang mana ia bagi mengelak sisa makanan terus dibuang ke longkang.

“Produk ini dihasilkan dengan gabungan penggunaan rawatan kultur ‘Effective Microotganism’ (EM).

“Objektif utama projek ini adalah untuk mengurangkan masalah alam sekitar terutamanya pencemaran air, selain untuk mewujudkan kesedaran dalam kalangan pengendali makanan seperti kedai makan, hotel atau restoran dan juga rumah tentang kepentingan memelihara alam sekitar,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan, di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata, alat penapis itu direka dan dibina daripada bekas persegi plastik dengan beberapa komponen penyekat di dalamnya yang bertindak sebagai dinding penghadang bagi melambatkan pengaliran air sisa makanan di dalam penapis.

Katanya, ia membolehkan rawatan kultur EM bertindak dengan berkesan bagi merawat sisa lemak dan kotoran sebelum dialirkan keluar dan sisa makanan yang terperangkap dalam bekas penapis itu dirawat untuk dijadikan baja.

“Alat penapis ini dipasang di sinki dekat lima lokasi berbeza sejak tahun 2011 sehingga kini dan ia juga akan digunakan oleh sebuah institusi di Selangor untuk dipasang di masjid sekitar negeri itu pada tahun depan.

“Data projek sudah dikumpulkan dan diuji melalui ujian BOD dan nilai pH pada air buangan di longkang yang mana sebelum pemasangan penapis FWF- EM, terdapat banyak sisa makanan dan minyak dalam longkang dan ujian BOD serta pH juga menunjukkan kualiti air longkang yang teruk iaitu tahap pencemaran yang tinggi.

“Namun, selepas pemasangan FWF-EM, didapati longkang bebas daripada sisa makanan dan enapan minyak dan ujian BOD serta pH menunjukkan tahap kualiti air longkang bertambah baik iaitu tahap pencemaran air berkurangan,” katanya.

Menurut Latifah, manfaat daripada projek itu adalah untuk menghapuskan sisa makanan mentah di saliran, membantu untuk mengurangkan pencemaran air, membantu untuk menyelamatkan hidupan akuatik dan membantu untuk mewujudkan kesedaran di kalangan orang ramai mengenai alam sekitar.

Artikel Penuh: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/pendidikan/2018/12/514490/smk-tanjung-datuk-di-pengerang-harumkan-nama-negara
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21st Century Learning Teachers Campaign Launch

The Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) via the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) organized a 21st Century Learning Teachers Campaign Launch. The campaign was officiated by the Minister of Education, Dr. Maszlee Malik and was attended by teachers, students, key opinion leaders, and representatives from MOE & PADU.

21st Century Learning, or Pembelajaran Abad ke-21 (PAK21), refers to the MOE’s initiative which champions a student-centred learning process that is steered by five elements of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and values and ethics (4C1V). PAK21 defines the pertinent knowledge, competency, and characteristics that students should embody to be competitively relevant and empowered to take on the challenges of 21st Century volatilities. The primary objective of the 21st Century Learning Teachers Campaign is to celebrate and share best practices of how teachers bring PAK21 into their classrooms. Teachers who are teaching in Malaysian national schools will be able to upload their creative strategies of bringing PAK21 into their classrooms through a 300-word write-up or a 3-minute video on the campaign’s official website at http://www.gurupak21.com/. At the end of the campaign, 10 teachers with the most effective and creative strategies will be selected to receive professional mentorship, win attractive prizes, and receive a private audience with the Minister of Education, YB. Dr. Maszlee Malik.

The event started off with opening remarks by Datin Rosliza Binti Rosli, the Director of the Student Learning Sector of PADU. In her opening remarks, she outlined the importance of the role of teachers in schools in enculturing the much-needed 21st century skills among students. Datin Rosliza cited World Bank’s statistic, which stated that while Malaysian children receive 12 years of education, about 3 of those 12 years did not contribute to meaningful education. This, she said, combined with another World Bank statistic that outlined how Malaysian children only achieve 62% of their full potential, laid out the case for more effective teaching methods through PAK21.
During the Minister’s speech, Dr. Maszlee Malik acknowledged the ‘Hero Teachers’ role in producing holistic, value-driven students equipped with 21st century skills. He highlighted the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report that stated 65% of primary school students today will be working in jobs that currently do not exist. He then further emphasized on the findings in the Khazanah Research Institute’s recent School-to-Work Transition of Young Malaysians report, where employers indicated
that young workers will have to embrace the idea of reskilling and upskilling themselves to stay relevant in the career scene. The Minister ended his speech with an encouragement for every teacher to adapt to the needs of the 21st century and outlined how everyone stands to win from these transformational shifts in education.

The launch gimmick witnessed the official campaign website being displayed and a video of the Key Opinion Leader of the campaign, Bront Palarae calling out to the Malaysian teachers to share their teaching experiences by joining the campaign. The event then witnessed Samuel Isaiah, an English teacher from SK Runchang, Pahang (a rural indigenous school), sharing his personal experiences of empowering his indigenous students with 21st century learning skills. He also urged teachers to form a supportive learning community that will further elevate the teaching profession and competition such as this will be a perfect platform to highlight exceptional teachers in the country.

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Pentaksiran baharu Tahap 1 melalui didik libur, berteraskan pelajar

PUTRAJAYA 19 Dis. - Pentaksiran Tahap 1 yang akan dilaksanakan pada tahun depan melibatkan pelajar Tahun 1, 2 dan 3 bakal memperkukuhkan Pentaksiran Bilik Darjah (PBD) melalui kaedah pembelajaran secara didik libur (fun learning) dan berteraskan pelajar.

Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran, Datuk Dr. Amin Senin berkata, pelaksanaan pentaksiran baharu itu adalah bagi membina dan memperkukuh kemahiran asas 4M iaitu membaca, menulis, mengira dan menaakul sebelum mereka melalui proses pembelajaran seterusnya.

"Murid-murid akan dinilai secara berterusan dalam pelbagai bentuk pentaksiran yang merupakan sebahagian daripada proses pengajaran dan pembelajaran (PdP) iaitu dari aspek penilaian merangkumi pengetahuan, kemahiran dan nilai.

"Ini membolehkan ibu bapa mengetahui kekuatan dan kelemahan anak-anak seterusnya menentukan bentuk sokongan yang boleh diberikan," katanya kepada pemberita dalam satu sidang akhbar di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, Amin menambah, pentaksiran baharu itu akan bertumpu kepada perkembangan pembelajaran murid atau berorientasikan pembelajaran dan tiada lagi penekanan kepada peperiksaan atau berorientasikan peperiksaan.

"Ini bermakna mulai tahun depan tiada lagi peperiksaan pertengahan tahun dan akhir tahun dijalankan bagi murid Tahap 1.

"Ini di mana guru akan lebih memberi tumpuan mengajar dari aspek membina kemahiran karekter dan sahsiah murid serta membebaskan murid daripada tekanan belajar untuk peperiksaan malah akan mewujudkan budaya belajar yang lebih seronok dan bermakna," katanya.

Beliau memberitahu, guru boleh menggunakan pelbagai kaedah dalam menilai muridnya menerusi aktiviti-aktiviti seperti kuiz, permainan, main peranan, bercerita dan projek mudah.

Walau bagaimanapun jelasnya, guru-guru tetap tertakluk dengan pelaporan asas iaitu Pelaporan Perkembangan Pelajaran Murid yang memantau perkembangan murid berdasarkan skala-skala tertentu.

"Ibu bapa tidak perlu risau dengan penilaian berbentuk formatif kerana penaksiran seumpama itu telah lama dilaksanakan. Menerusi pentaksiran baharu ini, guru akan memberi fokus secara individu kepada perkembangan murid," katanya.

Di samping itu, Amin berkata, tiada keperluan pengasingan kelas untuk Tahap 1 secara kekal atau berterusan tetapi boleh dilaksanakan jika ia bersifat sementara dengan tujuan khusus untuk proses pemulihan murid.

"Pihak sekolah diberi autonomi untuk melaksanakan PdP serta PBD menerusi autonomi profesional dengan bimbingan jabatan pendidikan negeri dan pejabat pendidikan daerah (PPD)," katanya. - UTUSAN ONLINE

Artikel Penuh: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/pentaksiran-baharu-tahap-1-melalui-didik-libur-berteraskan-pelajar-1.807701#ixzz5aBUOOBFV 
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Malaysia’s premier Education Case Study Competition: 'Hope into Action'

The Ministry of Education Malaysia (MOE) via the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (PADU) collaborated with the Axiata Young Talent Programme (AYTP) Alumni Association to organise an Education Case Study Competition called ‘Hope into Action’. This competition drew 97 participants from various professional backgrounds, and was facilitated by members of the top management from PADU, Axiata, and representatives from OpenLearning Global, IDEAS Autism Centre, The Rojak Project, and Leaderonomics.

The primary objective of this competition is to create an engaging platform for the youth to gain awareness and understanding on the efforts and challenges undertaken by MOE. As inheritors of the future, the voices of the youth are even more crucial in updating and supplementing efforts to drive the national education transformation and accelerate system improvement.

The competition was structured into four segments throughout the day: Awareness, Discovery, Experience, and Solutioning. Participants were divided equally into groups and assigned one of four case studies based on initiatives within the the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 (MEB). The four groups that entered the finals won RM1,000 per group in cash prizes, and the best group won RM3,000 in cash.

During the Awareness segment, participants were exposed to the 5 System Aspirations, 6 Student Aspirations, and 11 Shifts of Transformation within the MEB. The four initiatives chosen as the basis of the case studies were then introduced by the top management of PADU. These four initiatives included the 21st Century Learning (Pembelajaran Abad Ke-21, PAK21), Increasing Enrolment, Special Needs Education, and Unity initiatives.

After the Awareness segment, participants were moved to breakout rooms based on their initiatives for the Discovery segment, where leaders of the education field led discussions along the theme of their education initiatives. The participants then transitioned to the Experience segment, where they engaged in activities that helped them empathise with the issues and problems within their respective education initiatives.

For the 21st Century Learning initiative, Caroline Ong, the Director of Client Engagement at Leaderonomics highlighted the role of technology in education, and the participants worked thorugh several problem-solving exercises. For the Increasing Enrolment initiative, Danial Rahman, the Head of Growth from OpenLearning Global emphasized the importance of e-Learning as the future of accessible education, and held a workshop on how to design online modules. For the Special Needs Education initiative, Puan Sharifah Salleh, the Principal of IDEAS Autism Centre outlined the definitions of multiple types of disabilities, shared programs that have worked in the past, and current limitations of interventions. For the Unity initiative, Faye Lim, Joselyn Chong, Jagjeet Singh, Lim Chia Wei, and Amni Salma from the Rojak Project shared their vision for uniting Malaysians through various conduits like food and language and shared their documentary on what makes us Malaysian. The sessions ended with a brief introduction to public policy frameworks by Maryam Halim from DM Analytics Malaysia.

In the Solutioning segment, participants brainstormed to provide solutions for the case studies. The participants were given 5 minutes per group to present to the panel of judges, with 3 minutes of Q&A. The best groups for each initiative were selected as finalists, and moved on to the final round where they were judged by a panel consisting of PADU’s top management and presided by Dr Habibah binti Abdul Rahim, the Deputy Director General of Education, Malaysia (Policy & Development).


Malaysia's sole candidate for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2019

Muhamad Khairul Anuar bin Hussin

SMK Tamam Universiti 2, Johor Bahru, Malaysia

As a special educational needs teacher working with students with a wide range of conditions, from visual impairment and deafness, to autism and Down’s Syndrome, Dr Muhamad Khairul Anuar bin Hussin understands that his students need much more from him than just academic lessons.

Throughout his career, working in several different schools, he has been faced with a lack of specialist resources. And so he has taken steps to change that. This has included introducing Braille textbooks, and embossing diagrams for children with visual impairments at his school at the southernmost tip of Peninsular Malaysia.

However, he came to realise that the students required more than equipment. They needed support to prepare them for the world beyond school. Many of the students Anuar bin Hussin works with come from poor families. They don’t have the resources to provide their children with the support they need. School is a vital element in ensuring his students achieve their potential.

This begins before they are even school age. He works with professionals in his community to identify families who have children with special educational needs and ensure that they receive early intervention support. This includes informing them about the educational opportunities available. As a result, children in the area are now getting an education when they would otherwise have been excluded.

Once he begins to work with them, he provides a holistic education based on an Inclusive Education model he developed through his academic research and teaching practice. The model prioritises social inclusion and co-teaching with mainstream students. He is committed to supporting as many students as possible to enter mainstream education. For Anuar bin Hussin this is the most effective way to equip them for work and independence.

He works predominantly one-on-one with his students. He also uses group and buddy techniques to link his students with mainstream students to facilitate the development of communication, speech and language and social skills. It offers his students the opportunity to learn skills for life in real world situations. His students have gone on to further education, achieving qualifications in culinary skills, building and construction, and plumbing.

The success of his Inclusive Education model has been recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Education, which has used it as the basis for its special educational needs teaching policy and guidance. He coordinated a Special Education Forum to prepare educators to use the model with their own students.

Anuar bin Hussin founded the Johor Special Education Teachers Association to provide a network of support and learning for teachers in his region. He is a Master Trainer of the State of Johor in inclusive education. He represented Malaysia at the JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Program Social Welfare Group, 2011 in Japan. Through his contributions to academic journals and books, as well as presenting at various international conferences, Anuar bin Hussin shares his passion for teaching students with special educational needs, and the successful techniques he has developed to ensure they thrive.

 
Full Article & Photo: Global Teacher Prize


Malaysian teachers amongst world's most dedicated

TEACHERS in Malaysia are among the most dedicated in the world for ensuring their students excel academically, according to a research by Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International).

It also found that 70 per cent of Malaysian teachers felt that teaching was a rewarding career.

The Global Education Census is the first comprehensive global study to show what life is like in schools around the world today for students aged 12-19 and their teachers. A total of 477 students and 634 teachers took part in the survey in Malaysia.

Malaysia also recorded the highest percentage of teachers who invest extra time in ensuring students understand the key to acing their examinations. The census showed that Malaysian teachers are very focused on helping their students achieve good grades and to be able to fulfil their career aspirations as 75 per cent of teachers who took part in the survey said they had extra classes to help their students achieve good exam grades – the highest of all the countries surveyed.

Three out of four teachers said they provided additional lessons and classes for their students to acquire the knowledge for success. Additionally, the study of past exam papers is Malaysian teachers’ favourite method to help prepare their students well for exams.

When asked how they measure their own professional performance, Malaysian teachers scored highest in the world for saying they use exam results as a measure of their own success (84 per cent).

Forty per cent said they measure their success by the number of students who fulfil their aspirations and dreams by going on to pursue higher education or university courses.

Malaysian schools also topped the census for offering careers advice to students, further supporting them to fulfil their career aspirations. Seventy per cent of Malaysian teachers surveyed said their school offers career and counselling services to students – more than any other country surveyed.

The census focuses on 10 countries – Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Spain and the United States – and sought the views of almost 20,000 teachers and students on topics such as best classroom practices, effective use of additional teaching and learning aids, use of technology in learning and teaching, extracurricular activities, student aspirations and teacher motivations.

Cambridge Assessment International Education’s Southeast Asia & Pacific regional director Dr Ben Schmidt said: “To help the nearly one million students around the world who are taking Cambridge programmes prepare for the future, we wanted to understand what education is like across the world today.

“We wanted to understand not only what students learn, but how, and in what context, and to share these insights with the wider education community as we explore how we evolve educational programmes to meet the changing needs of learners, parents and educators.”

“We hope that through the Global Education Census, educators in Malaysia will continue to be dedicated and passionate in not only teaching, but passing on the necessary knowledge, skills and know-hows for learners to be successful academically and to be world-ready citizens,” added Schmidt.

 

Sources: https://www.nst.com.my/education/2018/11/433265/malaysian-teachers-amongst-worlds-most-dedicated
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SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi- Young Inventors Challenge 2018

EXPERIENCE is the best teacher as 10 SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, Sepang students learnt recently. All it took were a wristwatch and a mosquito trap as well as overcoming challenges to gain a far-reaching experience outside their classroom.

The students, divided into two teams, competed at the recent Young Inventors Challenge 2018 ─ an international innovation and invention competition ─ organised by the Association of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Nurul Ira Hasmieza Hasli, one of the 10 students, said: “We first got to know about the Young Inventors Challenge through our participation in DNeX CampBijak. We were selected to represent our school in this competition.

“Of course, we were happy to be chosen but at the same time we were really scared, and we knew we must give our best.”

A programme by Dagang NeXchange Berhad (DNeX), DNeX CampBijak aimed to improve access to education for underprivileged students through experiential learning of science and technology. The programme leverages on tools and the Education Ministry’s science and mathematics syllabi, facilitated by certified educators, teachers and social entrepreneurs.

DNeX executive deputy chairman Datuk Samsul Husin said: “DNeX believes that everyone can achieve excellence, given the right opportunity.

“And DNeX CampBijak is meant to provide such an opportunity for children to excel. It also strives to instil self-confidence into participants. The programme is designed with continuous guidance so that participants can become successful and contribute to their families, communities and country.”

NURUL Ira, a member of the Megachrome team at DNeX CampBijak, said the group presented an innovation that can detect emergency situations through its heartbeat rate detector.

A prototype of the Watch Our Soul safety monitoring device that uses GPS technology, invented by Team Megachrome from SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, Sepang.

Named Watch Our Soul, it is a safety monitoring device worn as a wristwatch that uses GPS technology to provide the location of its users in emergency situations.

The other team named The Usurpation Galaxy invented Mozterminator, a mosquito trap made from biodegradable and environmental-friendly material.

The Usurpation Galaxy member Nur Arisha Abd Rahman said: "We were competing against some of the high performing schools in the country and the region. We knew our responsibilities and the importance of preparing mentally for the challenges. The pressure was high and we knew that we cannot mess up this opportunity."

The competition aimed to encourage secondary school students aged 13 to 17 years old to cooperate as a team of four or five members and find innovative solutions to current day problems. To prepare for the competition, the students first had to brainstorm ideas as a group.

Team Megachrome member Muhammad Akmal Mohd Khaizal said: "We started by listing problems and challenges we face in our daily lives and came up with possible solutions. The process was fun but from the list of ideas, we had to pick one for each group."

Based on the chosen idea, each group researched into the problem and solution before developing a working prototype. Written proposals on the inventions were sent to the Young Inventors Challenge organiser.

"It took two months to prepare everything before we submitted our proposals. We had to make changes to our schedule as we needed to make time for studies too. At the same time, we had to sacrifice our leisure time. However, our parents were very supportive as long as we prioritised our commitment," added Muhammad Akmal.

The students did not have high hopes for their proposals to be accepted as they felt that the experience of developing invention ideas was rewarding enough. So, they were shocked when the proposals were accepted. They also realised that they were faced with another challenge.

Nurul Ira said: "We were daunted at presenting our invention in English. The thought of speaking in public is already scary and doing it in English made it scarier."

However, the students knew what had to be done. They needed to practise, practise and practise.

"The best time to practise our presentation was in the evening but our parents did not like the idea at first. So, our school counsellor convinced our parents to let us practise in the evening."

The competition, which took place at CIDB Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, included a public viewing for visitors to visit the booths. Although the SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi students did not win, their involvement in the challenge was rewarding enough in its own way.

Teams Megachrome and The Usurpation Galaxy.

"We made many friends at the competition. Although we were disappointed that our teams did not win in any of the categories, the experience is priceless. Our deepest appreciation to our families, teachers, facilitators and DNeX for making this journey possible for us."

SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi counselling and guidance teacher Aida Wahid said DNeX CampBijak has helped participants to improve their scholarly performance, namely in science, mathematics and English.

"I also see improvements in their communication and soft skills as they have gained self-confidence in facing challenges at the contest. Communicating in English throughout the programme has also helped the students to be more fluent and confident in the language.

"Students selected to compete in the challenge were very excited and they gave their best because this was their first opportunity to be part of an international event. On behalf of the school, I would like to extend our appreciation to DNeX for giving our students this chance."

 

Full Article: https://www.nst.com.my/education/2018/11/432711/challenged-excel
Photo: NST Online


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