SCHOOLS: Malaysian school transforms education


CREATIVE PRACTICE: Schools play a crucial role in society and the use of technology and innovation can transform education and prepare students for 21st century careers.

 Six schools were named the winners of the Regional Intel Teach School Awards in recognition of their work to transform education through the integration of technology and creativity. The winners, selected from 17 schools across Asia, were from two categories — mature and emerging markets.

 In the latter category, Nguyen Binh Khiem Primary School of Vietnam won the Gold Award of Excellence while the Silver Award went to Caraga Regional Science High School of the Philippines. Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang of Malaysia and Roots School System of Pakistan won the Bronze Awards.

 The winner of the Gold Award of Excellence in the mature market category was Crescent Girls School of Singapore. The Silver Award went to Daegu Wolam Elementary School of South Korea. There was no bronze award  in the mature market category.

 Anjan Ghosh, regional director of corporate affairs at Intel Asia-Pacific, says: “The winners are role models that help inspire others to enhance learning through the use of technology.”

 Gold Award winners received a technology grant worth US$5,000 (RM15,000) each, while Silver and Bronze Award winners obtained technology grants worth US$3,000 and US$2,000 each respectively.

The awards are open to all schools that have used Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and innovative methodologies as a part of the learning environment for one year. The use of ICT and creative practices must result in outcomes that have an observable impact on the students and community.

 Winners are selected by a panel consisting of   United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation staff, educators and experts on the use of technology in education. Judges shortlist applicants after reviewing their entries and winners are selected following a round of telephone and face-to-face interviews.

A representative from Kolej Tun Datu Tuanku Haji Bujang receiving the award at a ceremony in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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