Lessons on global issues

Rozi (left, in black) speaking on the properties of polluted water to a group of Year Five pupils during the statewide World’s Largest Lesson project at SK Tambun, Ipoh.

PERAK held the World’s Largest Lesson (WLL) project across all districts in support of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

State education department director Rozi Puteh Ismail reprised his role as a school teacher for one hour at SK Tambun last Thursday, giving a lesson on the topic of Clean Water and Sanitation — one of the 17 Global Goals.

There were 14 Year Five pupils present, but they were not his only class.

Rozi’s lesson in the school’s Frog Virtual Learning Environment classroom was broadcast to more than 100 Year Five pupils from each district in Perak, who tuned into the lesson at the same moment via online platform Google Hangouts.

Rozi, who used to be a Science teacher and SMK Anderson Ipoh principal in 2005, taught pupils the properties of polluted water.

He also stressed the importance of caring for the cleanliness of rivers and seas.

He spoke on the need to preserve aquatic life, adding that clean water is necessary for the growth of plankton as they are the main source of food for fish.

The pupils were able to interact online as well through a live discussion board and put their newfound knowledge to the test in an online quiz.

In a press conference later, Rozi said he aims to launch this statewide initiative every year from now on to reach all schools in Perak, with all teachers giving a lesson on the Global Goals.

“I believe that everyone is a global citizen and that each of us, including our children, must play their role.

“I want to encourage teachers to optimise the use of technology in schools, and bring the World’s Largest Lesson into the classroom for the awareness of students in the state,” he said.

Although information and communications technology (ICT) has helped in the development of education since he last taught 11 years ago, Rozi said it is there to enhance the teaching experience and not to replace teachers.

“When I was still teaching, ICT was not as advanced and we had to form group discussions to come up with teaching topics and materials.

“Today, teachers are able to access them easily online provided by the Education Ministry and pick the best ones to go with their lessons.

“Conducting them in a Frog VLE classroom makes schoolchildren even more excited when we can connect them to other peers outside their school,” he said.

One of the students Nik Nur Najihah Nik Salehuddin, 11, was the fastest pupil to answer the online quiz questions accurately.

“Before this, I didn’t know much about water pollution and its health risks.

“It’s fun learning them using a computer because there’s so many pictures and activities to do,” she said.

Her classmate Nur Aliyah Sofiya Mohd Akashah, also 11, said she was happy that she got the chance to attend a lesson given by the state education director.

“I like his teaching style, he’s very spontaneous.

“He asks questions that you normally wouldn’t expect,” she said, adding that Science was her favourite subject.

The class was broadcast live through Frog Connected Classrooms to nine other schools namely SK Seri Bidor in Batang Padang; SK Seri Bayu in Manjung; SK Tualang Sekah in Kinta Selatan; SK Jalan Baharu in Kerian; SK Kota Lama Kanan in Kuala Kangsar; SK Selabak in Hilir Perak; SK Bukit Jana in Larut, Matang and Selama; SK Sri Andika Raja in Hulu Perak; and SK Tanjung Belanja in Perak Tengah.

FrogAsia Sdn Bhd Head of Transformation Elizabeth Lopez said they are committed to work alongside the Education Ministry to provide teachers with the tools to help the next generation develop skillsets for the 21st century.

“We’ve just had a glimpse of what a 21st century lesson is like,” she said.

The ministry, together with FrogAsia Sdn Bhd and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd, are committed to promoting the use of technology to encourage students to learn beyond the boundaries of the classrooms.

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