Educare to Revolutionise Education in Malaysia
THE Sathya Sai Educare Academy for Human Values Malaysia recently organised an Educare Conference in collaboration with the country’s leading higher learning institution, University of Malaya.
Featuring prominent and revolutionary speakers such as Dr Art Ong Jumsai and Mrs Angela Lorraine Burrows from Sathya Sai School Thailand, the conference was avenue to sharing of experiences and successful methodologies, research and findings in educare.
Malaysian Deputy Education Minister I, Datuk Mary Yap at the launch of the inaugural Educare Conference 2014 said that she wants to make value-based education a reality.
Speaking to a 200-strong crowd of academicians and students, she said that this is in line with Shift 3 of The Malaysian Education Blueprint that focuses on developing value-driven Malaysians.
According to her, it is not enough to produce students with paper qualifications but what is more important is to produce students with strong moral values.
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 include 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.
It also proposed to increase the number of teachers in value-based education and focus on the effectiveness of teaching values.
The Ministry will discuss and study the execution of these recommendations at the ministry level. They will also invite education-related NGOs to further collaborate on the implementation of these recommendations once approved.
Yap commended the university and the academy, for organising the conference themed ‘Education to Educare: Value-Based Education in the New Millennium’.
“Modelling plays a very important part in grooming and producing well-rounded, educated students that practices integrity, civic behaviour and volunteerism. 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 long term sustainability of society.
The conference also touched on various topics related to the embedding of values in curriculum design and human capital development; teaching values through social media; and making values palatable to current generation.