Private and social-sector entities, including corporations and businesses, are being called on to play a bigger role in improving the education system in the country.
This was said at the Asia HRD Awards held in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.
LeapEd Services Sdn Bhd, a homegrown education services provider, won the Asia HRD award for “Contribution to the Organisation” at the awards gala held in Kuala Lumpur earlier this year.
Guest-of-honour Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also the Education Minister, presented the award.
Established in 2010 as a wholly-owned company of Khazanah Nasional Bhd, LeapEd was recognised for its work as the design and implementation partner of the Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools Programme.
Through this programme, LeapEd works with the Education Ministry to improve holistic student outcomes by building the professional capacity of more than 1,500 teachers and school leaders in 30 Malaysian public schools currently.
Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools is managed jointly by Yayasan AMIR and civil service principals and headmasters under the umbrella of the Education Ministry to improve student outcomes and school management
“We are deeply honoured by this affirmation of the important work LeapEd is involved in with Yayasan AMIR and the Education Ministry,” said LeapEd chief executive officer and managing director John D. Chacko.
“However, I must emphasise that the teachers are the heroes of this programme. It is due to their passion and dedication that we have made outstanding progress in enriching the learning experience for more than 21,000 Yayasan Amir Trust School students today.”
Chacko added that in addition to the increased professional competence and pride of the teachers, LeapEd’s education team strived to ensure that the school transformation was sustainable.
“We build the capacity of teachers and school leaders today so that they may in turn holistically develop current and future generations of students to be globally-competitive lifelong learners.”
Internally, LeapEd is training a growing local talent pool of education transformation experts.
LeapEd general manager of human resource and administration Jun Maria Tan Abdullah said, “In the process of delivering school improvement, we are integrating the knowledge, skills and experience of our international education experts with that of senior Malaysian educationists.
“This combined expertise is what we use to equip our team with global best practices that have been thoughtfully adapted for the Malaysian context.”
The Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools Programme is a public-private partnership (PPP) project conceptualised in collaboration with the Education Ministry as a long-term commitment to improve accessibility to quality education in Malaysian public schools.
LeapEd was engaged by Yayasan AMIR to develop programmes for the continuous professional development of teachers, and to provide the education advisors who deliver and implement these programmes in the Trust Schools.
“As the founding promoter of the Trust School Programme, Yayasan AMIR drives the effort to secure sponsorship from the private sector (corporations, alumni groups, NGOs) towards funding the Trust Schools improvement programmes, while LeapEd plays its role as design and implementation partner,” Chacko said.
He added that the cost of implementing the Yayasan AMIR Trust Schools programme varied based on the number of students and teachers in a school, as well as the schools’ particular context and challenges. design and implementation partner
It is the hope of the Education Ministry that through the Trust School model, “a greater diversity of private and social-sector entities will have the opportunity to get involved in the school improvement process.
“This will be done through the expansion of the Trust Schools programme, which enables a private sponsor to partner with school leadership to manage a school.”
“Students are the core and focus of LeapEd’s efforts.
“Everything we do is about helping schools and communities to make learning more interesting, collaborative and holistic so that students in Malaysian public schools can enjoy a high-quality, twenty-first century education,” said Chacko
The Asia HRD Awards is an independent initiative created to celebrate excellence in human capital development.
Since its launch in 2003, the annual event has honoured 147 recipients from 16 countries in the region.