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IN conjunction with the launch of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, the Baha’i Community of Malaysia is pleased to share a statement and recommendations that were submitted to the Education Review Board.
The Baha’i community feels strongly that education has a major role in developing individuals.
It helps them acquire knowledge, values, attitudes and skills necessary to not only earn a livelihood, but contribute constructively to shaping communities that reflect principles of justice, equity and unity.
In March 2012, the Baha’i community participated in the nationwide exercise to review the education system.
After consultative sessions and discussions, the Baha’i community presented its statement and recommendations to the board.
The statement articulates our vision of an education system that unleashes and develops the inherent potential in our children and empowers them.
It also states that the emergence of a peaceful and harmonious nation such as Malaysia, requires a vision that is founded on shared beliefs, culture and values.
The statement adds that: “Communities and institutions must generate a vision of the kind of society they wish to live in, and then consider the individuals who will bring this about.”
It adds that true education develops analytical abilities, confidence, will, and goal-setting competencies.
It also instils the vision that will enable individuals to become self-motivating change agents, serving the best interests of the community and the world at large.
The statement also adds: “Mean-ingful individual and social transformation from the current education approach cannot come from political prescriptions or technical recipes alone ....”
“Investments made in education represent no less than an investment in the stability, security and prosperity of our nation.”
It further states: “Education approaches and methods guided by the needs and aspirations of respective communities supported by families and social institutions, will awaken in every individual not only their intellectual capabilities, but also their role as protagonists of change in their communities and in the world ....”
Director, Office of External Affairs,
Baha’i Community of Malaysia
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