Our world is extremely interconnected and ever-changing. Equipping students with the ability to thrive in this environment means building their competence as global citizens who can lead in the change. Information is old currency. Students need the ability to connect the dots and have an understanding of issues with local, global, and cultural significance, while appreciating the perspectives of others and have the confidence to play their part in making a difference in their communities.
Understanding that the purpose of education is to make a difference, we ask ourselves:
Session H of the course explores topics through conversations with thought leaders, educators, and even students who are each making a difference in their part of the world.
Now that you have watched Episode H, 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 and resources that are making a difference in education. Connect with them to find out how you can bring your students’ learning experience beyond the classroom.
Arus is an education social enterprise working towards making learning relevant through multidisciplinary approaches. Their programmes cover financial, media & information, and digital literacies with global citizenship education themes. The Global Citizenship Education Projects (GCED) helps students develop global competence through problem-solving current real world issues through lessons aligned to Malaysia’s national curriculum. Find out more about GCED and their other programmes here.
Eats, Shoots & Roots is a social enterprise based in Malaysia, on a mission to empower urbanites with skills to grow their own food, and activities that support many of The Global Goals for Sustainable Development with the invitation for others to join as well. Be part of their Sayur In The City Movement by attending a Teacher Workshop and learn to design and build an edible garden in your school. As advocates of outdoor classroom spaces, the team is also looking for teachers who would like to be part of their future plans in this area. Get in touch with them here.
Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur has been at the forefront of citizen-led innovation in Malaysia, with a unique ability to work across sectors, uniting a multitude of stakeholders around common goals. Powering the local chapter of Design For Change Malaysia (DFC Malaysia) a global movement that cultivates the ‘I CAN’ mindset in every child, Impact Hub KL aims to empower individuals through positive learning outcomes. DFC Malaysia is dedicated to creating the best learning experience for children and teachers through empowering them with design thinking skills and learning from the real world, while enabling them to create impact within their communities on issues they care deeply about. More info here.
KelasKita is a YTL Foundation programme based in Malaysia that trains volunteers to provide tuition (online or on site) to children in low-income communities using the Learn From Home lessons and FrogAsia’s virtual learning platform. Developed in partnership with Teach for Malaysia and FrogAsia, this programme seeks to help children make up for learning gaps and learning loss experienced as a result of the extensive school closures during the pandemic. Find out how to set up your own KelasKita by emailing YTL Foundation.
Kindity is a pre-school based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their programmes are designed with the goal of helping children make learning fun and relevant. Complex and abstract concepts are presented through concrete materials and lively activities that are relatable and meaningful, to develop the foundational skills, competencies, and character traits. Their annual ‘Global Citizenship for Kids’ Holiday Programme is designed to help children cultivate an appreciation and desire to care for our planet and make a difference in their community. Find out more here.
Learn From Home (LFH) is an initiative by YTL Foundation in partnership with YES, FrogAsia, Teach For Malaysia, Pelangi, and CIMB Foundation that provides free learning material aligned with the Malaysian national school curriculum to all primary and secondary school children. With the LFH lessons, students can keep up to date with the school syllabus anytime and anywhere. More info here.
MYReaders is a social enterprise in Malaysia that provides sustainable reading programmes and develops effective and relevant resources so that, one day, every child will be able to read. Knowing it takes a village to educate a child, especially when it comes to underserved and marginalised communities, MYReaders has provided resources, strategies, and tools, to help parents and teachers grow literacy whether at home, in school, or in the community. More info here.
Teaspoons of Change is a global movement with a vision to create a better world for people and the planet knowing that small actions, multiplied by lots of people, equals Big Change! They do this through empowering personal actions, matching local actions with global impacts, and building a movement of inspired changemakers who are each contributing towards The Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Find out how you and your students can contribute to the Global Goals with the resources provided here.