Tuesday 2 December 2014

Inspiring Over 1,000 Changemakers in Education at Leaps of Knowledge 2014

The second Leaps of Knowledge Conference held just last Thursday at The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur was simply incredible! We had over 1,000 educators come together to learn, exchange ideas and be empowered to bring change to Malaysian education. 

Some of our special guests of the day included students from SMK Assunta, SMK Kiaramas, SM Sains Selangor, SMK Seri Bintang Utara and even SK Karak! 

They proudly displayed photos and stories from their individual #ForFreedom projects that they had carried out in the last few months after being inspired to action by Julia Immonen's world-record breaking Row For Freedom. 

Teachers were able to step into a whole new world at the FrogStore Zone where audio books and eBooks were on display at the Discover Corner and the Teacher's Desk was filled with teaching resources from our partners such as WWF, Prudential, and more. 

The Anywhere, Anytime Learning area in the FrogStore Zone even had a real swing set to show that with such great content on the FrogStore and on FrogAcademy, students can indeed learn anytime and anywhere! 

One of the hottest exhibition booths that day was the Frog Classroom. Teachers had the opportunity to experience what classes are now like at SMK Puchong's new classroom through live classroom demos by the teachers of SMK Puchong themselves

If all that wasn't awesome enough, guess who showed up at the conference?

The Google Street View Car! Participants had a real fun time taking selfies with this cute one-of-a-kind car that enables us to have 3D street views of Malaysian roads via Google Maps! 

Our keynote speakers were nothing short of amazing either. Julia Immonen retold her story of how passion can indeed bring change when you 'Dream it' and actually 'Do it' just like she did when she rowed across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness about human trafficking on a global scale. 

She shared the stage with two young guests, Fatini from SMK Kiaramas and Kasumi from Running to Stop the Traffik. Both students had the chance to speak about the waves of change that students themselves are bringing to international and local schools. 

"This conference is an opportunity for all of us to realise that change can happen and it starts with the one person they can most influence, themselves." - YB P. Kamalanathan. 

We had YB P. Kamalanathan set the tone of the day with his encouraging welcome note. 

"I'm with you, I hear you. I empathise with you. Let's make the change together!" - YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Madinah binti Mohamad

We were very honoured to have the Secretary General of the Ministry of Education YBhg. Tan Sri Dr. Madinah binti Mohamad and the Education Director-General of the Ministry of Education Dato' Sri Dr. Khair bin Mohamad Yusof as our panel dialogue speakers together with Group Managing Editor of the New Straits Times Press, Datuk Abdul Jalil Hamid and Dr. Alice Wilder, Educational advisor, producer and writer for Amazon Kids, Nick Jr., and the Cartoon Network Project. 

One of the highlights of the day was hearing the true stories of change that's happening in schools from the changemakers themselves: Ms Tan Shin Yee (SJKC Choong Wen), Tn Hj Zolkaply bin Yunos (SMK Iskandar Shah), En Haris Abbas (SK Pendidikan Khas), Ms Sivajothi Arnasalam and Ms Pathmalosini Arnasalam (SK Jalan Selangor 1) and En Senathi Rajah (SJKT Ladang Bute). 

All of us at FrogAsia, YTL Communications and YTL Foundation along with the participants had a fantastic day celebrating change in Malaysian education. We're looking forward to see what ripples of change will happen in 2015! 

If you missed it, watch the video below to catch up and stay tuned to get speaker session recordings from the FrogStore! 

Snippets from the conversation on Twitter: #leaps14

Seeing secondary school pupils making changes it makes me wonder what can I do to make changes? - @catherine_grene

all in all an amazing concept. Students' world would b a much bigger one.... It's up to us, teachers. - @shereenkula

What an insightful conference.. Leaps of Knowledge 2014 Learnt a lot from workshops. - @NikFarulFadzil

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