PETALING JAYA: Public school teachers in need of resources to enhance the learning experience of their students are encouraged to make use of a new tool to help make ideas a reality.
100% Project is a social enterprise that acts as a crowdfunding platform to help teachers raise funds for classroom projects to boost the learning experiences of their students.
Co-founders Amelia Tan, Andrew Yong and Karthik Karunanithy, who are part of the Teach For Malaysia movement, developed the platform as part of the Malaysia Global Innovation Centre (MaGIC) Accelerator Programme for Social Enterprises in August last year.
“There’s a lot of passionate teachers out there with a lot of great ideas to enhance the quality of their students’ education.
“We want them to be able to execute these plans,” said Yong.
Teachers submit their project proposals online and the 100% Project team will vet them to make sure the projects and the funds requested are reasonable.
Donors then pledge money for the projects on the website and once the required funds are collected, they are disbursed to the school’s Parent Teacher Association.
Donors will also be updated on the progress of the project.
“We kept hearing feedback from donors of school projects who complained about accountability, trustworthiness and transparency,” said Yong.
“We want to make it transparent for donors, where they get to see the impact they’ve made and also see where their money’s going,” he added.
However, one of the main challenges they face is resistance from the teachers and schools administrators who are new to the idea of crowdfunding.
Tan said this was mainly due to the fact that many rural teachers are not as tech-savvy as their urban counterparts.
Furthermore, she said many teachers do not think their projects are anything special, making them less inclined to publicly highlighting their efforts online.
“We want people to realise that for education to move forward, we all have to work together.
“It’s a collective responsibility and we can’t just say 'isn’t that the teachers job?' Teachers are on the frontline and how well they do is based on the support they can get. They already do so much with very little,” she said.
With the proper support, they believe teachers could achieve so much more.
For more details, visit the 100% Project website at https://www.100percentproject.org/