Field trips a vital part of learning for students

INSPIRING THE YOUTH: Student participants of TFM Week: Flipped at Microsoft Malaysia’s Office.

KUALA LUMPUR: Microsoft Malaysia partnered with the Teach for Malaysia Fellowship for TFM Week: Flipped — an initiative to hold a series of field trips designed to excite and inspire students.

Supported by the Ministry of Education, the field trips were also aimed at opening new doors for students from high-need schools who may not have such opportunities otherwise.

The trips, which took place early this month, were a follow-up to the inaugural Teach for Malaysia Week event in April.

During TFM Week: Flipped, one group of students was taken on a field trip to Microsoft Malaysia’s new offices in Tower 3 of the Petronas Twin Towers here.

There, they had conversations with several Microsoft executives who shared their experiences about what it was like to work in the ICT (information and communications technology) industry.

They then learned about the global competencies required for thriving in a multinational environment.

The students also got to experience various technologies, ranging from videogame consoles to touchscreens to a Skype session with regional Microsoft executives.

“We are delighted to partner with Teach for Malaysia to transform the country together. We share their enthusiasm to provide equal access to quality education,” said Ananth Lazarus, managing director of Microsoft Malaysia.

“For 20 years now, we have maintained a strong and fervent commitment to Malaysia believing in the power of technology to truly accelerate development and fundamentally impact the way we all live for the better.”

Ananth added that the work Teach for Malaysia does is timely, in that it aligns closely to the recently launched National Education Blueprint (2013-2025) by the Government.

Teach For Malaysia co-founder and managing director Dzameer Dzulkifli said students were inspired during Teach For Malaysia Week’s one-on-one sessions with some of the country’s most respected industry leaders and public figures.

“TFM Week: Flipped was a chance to take that success even further. We are grateful to each of the organisations that committed time and resources for this,” he said.

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