Malaysian company promotes life-long learning

Malaysian company promotes life-long learning
Shoulder to lean on: Vujicic gets a hug from a student Ishan Singh who was touched by his speech.

MALAYSIA - At the heart of everything they do, is the desire to see education transformed in a way that helps students become lifelong learners.

Often mentioned in relation to the Education Ministry's 1BestariNet project, FrogAsia conducts many other programmes outside the scope of the project.

In an interview with StarEducate, executive director Lou Yeoh says, "We believe that one of the ways to make (lifelong learning) a reality is by providing schools with access to world-class knowledge and the right tools to apply this knowledge available through the Internet."

The 27-year-old believes that one of the key components in making change is to "facilitate the transformation of mindsets".

"Fear of the unknown and of technology, and lack of self-confidence, can make one feel vulnerable and not open to change."

She quotes author and education specialist Sir Ken Robinson who talked about the "tyranny of common sense" and how it was the "great problem for transformation".

He said that there were things that people thought could not be done any other way because "that's the way it's done".

Yeoh says that she understands that the "key problem is perception".

"So in all we do, we aim to show that it's not just about the technology; it's about what you do with it."

She adds that the Internet has "changed our lives" and one major change is our outlook on education.

"Memorising and being able to repeat information is no longer the key to a student's success, as it was during the industrial era where order and uniformity were valued.

"Uunderstanding knowledge and critically applying it in a way that creates value is what counts in today's mobile and increasingly connected world, for a student to progress to higher education or to the workforce," she says.

"Without proper access to the Internet and technology-based resources, schools and students will be left behind by those who are better equipped to thrive in a digital world.

"That is where (FrogAsia) comes in. In all that we do, we aim to open up greater access to technology and the Internet and bridge the digital divide in order to create a level playing field for all students to thrive and compete in today's world."

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