Educare Conference Featured in The Star Newspaper
An article about the recent Education Conference jointly organised by the Faculty of Education, Universiti Malaya (UM) and the Sathya Sai Academy for Human Values has been featured in The Star, a local daily. Here is the full article:
THE Education Ministry wants to make value-based education a reality in schools in line with Shift Three of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
“It is not enough just to produce students with paper qualifications. What is more important is to produce students with strong moral values,” said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap (pic).
She said this at the recent launch of the inaugural Educare Conference 2014, jointly organised by the Faculty of Education, Universiti Malaya (UM) and the Sathya Sai Academy for Human Values at the varsity’s premises.
Giving priority to value-based education in schools and intensifying teacher training were some of the recommendations made at the Educare Conference.
The other recommendations submitted to the Education Ministry included the appointment of a special officer for value-based education in states and the assignment of specific inspectorates at state and national levels to monitor the quality of value-based education. An increase in the number of teachers in value-based education was also proposed.
“We will discuss and study the execution of these recommendations at the ministry level. We will also invite education-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to further collaborate on the implementation of these recommendations once approved,” added Yap.
“Educare is related to the blossoming of human values in the hearts of students and educators alike.”
Yap commended UM and the Sathya Sai Educare Academy (the formal arm of the Sathya Sai Baba Central Council of Malaysia’s education wing), for organising the conference themed ‘Education to Educare: Value-Based Education in the New Millennium’.
“It’s very important to groom and produce well-rounded, educated students who practise integrity, civic behaviour and volunteerism,” she said.
“Value-based education programmes must be aimed at helping humanity to draw out the qualities of goodness inherent in man.”
She emphasised that value-based education should teach students to understand and appreciate nature by striking a balance between material pursuits and the long-term sustainability of society.
More than 200 educators from universities, NGOs and schools participated in the two-day conference, which also highlighted various topics related to the embedding of values, such as curriculum design and human capital development; teaching values through social media; and making values palatable to the current generation.