Singapore International Foundation and Teach for Malaysia Collaborate to Raise Professional Training Skills for Integrated Education in Malaysia
The Singapore International Foundation’s Skills for Integrated Education in Schools (SKIES) project aims to benefit over 26,000 members of the Malaysian community.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 14 November 2019 – Quality of education remains a shared concern in Singapore and Malaysia with both sides underlining the importance of providing professional development support for teachers in recent years. To support this need, the Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Teach For Malaysia (TFM) have collaborated to launch a Skills for Integrated Education in Schools (SKIES) project today.
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. 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).
Over the next three years, a specialist team of Singapore International Volunteers (SIVs), comprising multidisciplinary education professionals from Singapore, will work closely with Malaysian teachers across three regions, namely Kuala Lumpur (KL), Selangor, and Johor. The SIVs will share knowledge, skills and best practices in promoting integrated education with 200 of their Malaysian counterparts. Out of this pool of Malaysian participants, a core group of 30 master trainers will be identified and further equipped with specialised skillsets to train others in their field, enabling project sustainability.
The Malaysian participants will undergo three project components including a series of Training-of-Trainers (ToT) workshops; a study visit to Singapore for cross-cultural learning and knowledge exchange for a select group of trainees; and professional sharing through two symposia. At the end of three years, the project is expected to positively impact over 26,000 members of the Malaysian community, including primary and secondary school students, teachers, and relevant practitioners in the education sector.
Held at PPD Gombak in Selangor, the launch ceremony was graced by Guest of Honour Mr Abdul Rahim bin Lamin, Representative of the Director, JPN Johor; Mr Loy Hui Chien, Deputy High Commissioner and Minister-Counsellor, High Commission of the Republic of Singapore – Malaysia; Associate Professor Peter Pang, Governor, SIF; and Dato’ Tharuma Rajah, Board of Trustees, TFM.
Associate Professor Peter Pang, Governor, SIF, said: “As close neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia have a shared sense of destiny. Together, we are committing to achieve quality education which is the cornerstone to sustainable development. Teachers, too, deserve the opportunity to be lifelong learners – constantly elevating their professional standards and skills to benefit their students. SKIES is the SIF’s first Integrated Education project in Malaysia and reflects our mission of bringing world communities together to do good. We are delighted to embark on this new chapter with our Malaysian partners and hope that the project will spur more cross-cultural collaboration and friendships.”
“Education inequity for children is a real and measurable problem in many parts of the world. One of the ways Teach for Malaysia empowers young Malaysian students is by developing teachers to be education champions and drive systemic change. We are pleased to partner with the Singapore International Foundation who shares our vision of building opportunities for quality education. We look forward to this meaningful collaboration with our Singaporean friends and the exchanges to be gained between our teaching communities,” said Mr Dzameer Dzulkifli, co-founder and managing director of TFM.
SIV Team Lead Mr Roland Ang Tien Soong, founder and director, Zing Group of Companies, said: “Teachers from all parts of the globe face unique sets of challenges, from demanding school environments to changing technology. Supporting teachers with innovative training is critical in boosting their professional growth and personal morale. I am thus heartened to be part of this important collaboration and I look forward to work together with our Malaysian peers.”
The SIF’s work in Malaysia began in 1993 centred on the fields of arts and culture, social entrepreneurship, youth development, and education. The SKIES project marks the SIF’s second initiative in Integrated Education following the success of an earlier project in Bandung, Indonesia i.e. Integrated Education Project (Phase 1: 2010-2014 and Phase 2: 2015-2017). At the global level, the SKIES project contributes to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 4 (Quality Education, specifically Goal 4C) and Goal 17 (Partnerships for sustainable development).
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