Building a better tomorrow for children, means building the right foundation for it today. Having good character and a sense of integrity is that very foundation. Recognising that the origin of education was once built on this foundation, we ask ourselves:
Episode A explores these topics through conversations with thought leaders, educators, and even students who are laying the foundation for character development in their part of the world.
Now that you have watched Episode A, take the next 30 minutes to reflect on and discuss these topics together with your group. Conversation prompts are provided in the guidebook below.
Next, it’s time to take the first step forward. A toolkit is provided in the guidebook to help you apply your shared ideas and inspiration in your own class!
The journey of recreating education is meant to be enjoyed together. Here are some organisations with amazing programmes that are laying the foundation for character development in our ever-connected, digitally-driven world. Connect with them to find out how you can bring your students’ learning experience beyond the classroom.
Architects of Diversity (AOD) is a non-profit that aims to bridge communities and identity groups among youth in Malaysia for justice, peace, and a sustainable future. Their secondary school and higher education programmes equip students to navigate issues of identity, discrimination and conflict. AOD also provides resources to educators such as Sekolah Bersama - a self-learning DEI platform that helps empower teachers as conduits for inclusive education. More info here.
DQ Institute is an international think-tank dedicated to setting global standards for digital intelligence that ensures safety, empowerment, and well-being of individuals, organisations, and nations in the digital age.
Through their Digital Citizenship e-Learning Programme, DQ World, 8-12 year-old children can learn how to be a good digital citizen in today's world by mastering the 8 digital citizenship skills. Find out more about DQ World here and read about the DQ Framework here.
Dignity for Children Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that provides holistic care and education for urban poor children in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their approach of providing students with real-world exposure through education has proven to lay a google foundation for character development. They now extend this learning opportunity to all Malaysians via the Farm Academy in Bentong, Pahang which is also equipped with a skatepark. The aim is to build a model of transformative youth education grounded in community building, natural agriculture and skills development. More info here.
KL Shakespeare Players is the only theatre company in Malaysia that focuses on Shakespeare’s works. They are also known for their Exchange Theatre - a form of interactive theatre which engenders behavioural change for school and corporate audiences, through encouraging respectful communication and the exchange of views on social and ethical issues. Find out how you can bring this experience to your students and teachers here.
The Jubilee Centre is a world leading research centre focussing on character, virtues, and values for human flourishing. The centre, which is attached to the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK, promotes a moral concept of character to explore the importance of virtue for public and professional life. Their Framework for Character Education is an excellent reference for implementing character education in schools. More info here.
We Think Digital, is a nationwide digital literacy program launched by Meta Malaysia in partnership with Teach For Malaysia (TFM), and endorsed by the Ministry of Education Malaysia. The program aims to develop skills that enable Malaysians to create a positive and safe culture online through educational resources and learning materials. Help your students build the right foundation in a digitally-driven world with these lessons here.