On the 13th of March 2019, PADU was announced as the winner of the prestigious Bett Asia* ‘Game Changer’ Award. Bett Asia’s awards are designed to recognize, celebrate, and reward change efforts in education, in line with their theme ‘Building a Change Culture to Deliver 21st Century Learning’.

PADU’s entry for the Bett Asia Awards revolved around innovatively and creatively inculcating a culture of 21st Century Learning. PADU’s game-changing approach involved initiating a peer-led paradigm shift through the 21st Century Learning Teachers Campaign, which encouraged teachers to share their best practices on bringing 21st century learning into their classrooms. This campaign ran from 20th December 2018 to 31st January 2019, and received over 1,000 submissions from teachers across the whole of Malaysia. The submissions were from teachers who taught a diverse range of subjects, encompassing the languages, arts, sciences, social sciences, and Islam/moral.

The sharing of these teachers’ stories and strategies is aimed to establish a sustainable and far-reaching change to adopt 21st century learning in Malaysian classrooms. In the Malaysian context, 21st century learning is a student-centered approach that focuses on the five elements of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Values & Ethics (collectively known as 4C1V). To find out more, the Campaign’s Facebook page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/kempengurupak21/.  

Bett Asia’s recognition of PADU as the winner for the ‘Game Changer’ award demonstrates PADU’s and the Ministry of Education’s innovation and capability for change, inspiring confidence for the future of education in Malaysia.

*Bett Asia is part of the Bett Global series of education technology conferences that brings together education leaders, practitioners, and industry experts from across the globe to share their experiences and knowledge. This year, the Bett Asia Summit was presided by our own Minister of Education, YB Dr. Maszlee bin Malik. For more information, please visit: https://asia.bettshow.com/awards.