On 14 November 2019, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Teach For Malaysia (TFM) launched the Skills for Integrated Education in Schools (SKIES) project in Selangor, Malaysia. The capacity-building project seeks to enhance the professional expertise of primary and secondary school teachers in Malaysia and improve student-centric learning approaches in Malaysia’s public schools.
Since 1993, the SIF and Malaysia have been collaborating at the people-to-people level, particularly in the areas of Arts and Culture, and Business and Livelihood. The launch of SKIES marked the SIF’s first integrated education project in Malaysia, as well as the foundation’s third integrated education project overall. Previous projects were held in Bandung, Indonesia.
At the launch event, guest of honour Mr Abdul Rahim bin Lamin, Representative of the Director, Johor State Education Department, said: “I am proud because this programme is proof of a solid collaboration between Malaysia’s Ministry of Education, the Singapore International Foundation and Teach For Malaysia in sustaining the education sector to uplift the teaching profession in Malaysia.”
Mr Abdul Rahim also congratulated both the SIF and TFM for their collaborative efforts and commitment towards the success of the programme. He added, “I hope that SKIES can be expanded so that all target beneficiaries can reap the full benefits of this programme.” The project is supported by the Selangor State Education Department (JPN Selangor), Johor State Education Department (JPN Johor), Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory Education Department (JPWPKL), Gombak District Education Office (PPD Gombak), Keramat District Education Office (PPD Keramat), and Pasir Gudang District Education Office (PPD Pasir Gudang).
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