Johor school receives international accolade for digital education efforts


SKTBI organised digital training sessions with parents to help them participate in educating their children, which was done at school before the pandemic. — Microsoft

A school in Johor has been internationally recognised for its efforts to educate students digitally, and is the only school in Asia to receive the award.

Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Bukit Indah (SKTBI) in Bandar Iskandar Puteri, Johor received the Biggest Impact School of The Year 2019-2020 award, in recognition for digitising education and the impact it had on its surrounding community.

SKTBI was one of the three schools globally and the sole one in Asia to receive the award, edging out 325 education institutions from 58 countries that participated in the Microsoft Showcase Schools (MSS) programme.

The other two schools that received the award were the Treorchy Comprehensive School in the United Kingdom and Gray Middle School of Tacoma Public Schools in the United States.

SKTBI headmaster said Rasman Abdul Karim said his teachers had actively explored the use of technology in education before Covid-19, with digital sessions after school on weekends that helped parents participate in educating their children.

“This foresight allowed us to transition to remote learning faster and also provided us ample time to prepare our teachers, as well as the parents of our students,” he said, in a press release.

Education Ministry Educational Resource and Technology Division director Maznah Abu Bakar applauded the school’s dedication to adopt technology, and also train other teachers and the surrounding communities.

The school conducted dozens of webinars, including an international sharing session organised by South Korean’s Education Ministry, where SKTBI shared their best practices with over 60 schools in Indonesia and the Philippines.

SKTBI, which had close to 700 students plus 50 teachers and staff in 2020, was one of five schools in Malaysia to participate in the MSS programme.

The others were SK Taman Senangan in Penang, SMK Kubang Kerian in Kelantan, SMK Kuala Perlis in Perlis and SK Bandar Hilir in Melaka.

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