Seminar Sekolah Amanah Peringkat Negeri Selangor 2019, November 2019 , Selangor

A total of 14 Trust Schools together with Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Selangor organized the Trust School Showcase on 13th November. Dato Noor Rezan Bapoo Hashim, representing Yayasan AMIR, delivered the keynote speech and shared insights on learnings and challenges of the Trust Schools Programme from its early days. The event was also attended by participants from JPN and PPD, School Leadership Team (SLT) members and teachers from non-Trust Schools.

Trust Schools Showcase Kuala Lumpur, October 2019 , Kuala Lumpur

With the theme ‘Generasi Pemacu Negara’, Jabatan Pendidikan Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (JPWPKL) in collaboration with Yayasan AMIR and LeapEd organized a Program Showcase Sekolah Amanah Kuala Lumpur 2019 on 24th October. The event showcased the essence of 21st century learning, with the entire program run by students with the teachers’ facilitation. The students led the sharing sessions, the performances and created the interactive exhibition booths.

Cultural Immersion Programme, October 2019 , Kuala Lumpur & Sarawak

LeapEd hosted a Culture Immersion Programme with a delegation of 13 students and academics from the School of Education, University of New England, Australia. The visit was funded by the New Colombo Plan Mobility Programme - a signature initiative of the Australian Government aimed at increasing knowledge and understanding of the Indo-Pacific area by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.The 2-week programme took place in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching and enabled participants to immerse themselves in different demographic and geographical settings, to build cultural awareness and a global learning culture.

LeapEd’s Board of Directors’ Visit to SMK Jeli and SK Gemang, August 2019, Kelantan

The Jeli Cluster was delighted to welcome guests from Kuala Lumpur on 5 and 6 August to visit our Trust Schools in Jeli. The guests from LeapEd include members of our Board of Directors – Dato’ Shukri, Pn Zaida Khalida, Ms Loh Tzu Anne and Yayasan AMIR’s Programme Director, En Nik Mohd Fahmee. The delegation had a chance to visit SK Gemang and SMK Jeli to see Teaching & Learning practices including Subject Based Classrooms, and Project Based Learning (PBL) to meet the needs of the Orang Asli community (Jahai Jeli). The teachers and students were engaged in active discussion and shared positive outcomes for the Jahai students.

Trust Schools’ Visit to Papar, July 2019, Sabah

The visit aimed to showcase Trust Schools and strengthen our relationship with government agencies and other stakeholders in Sabah. The delegation included representatives from Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Sabah, officers from Pejabat Pendidikan Daerah, Majlis Ugama Islam Sabah, Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sabah, Yayasan Sabah and SMK St. Michael. They visited SMK Bongawan II and SMK Agama Limauan which are currently in the fourth year of the Trust School programme.

Finding Your Purpose, July 2019, Kuala Lumpur

LeapEd was privileged to host a talk by prominent leadership facilitator and Coach, Alvin Ung. The author of ‘Together: Finding Purpose at the Crossroads of Me + We’ interacted with LeapEd staff at a special edition of the LeapEd ‘Learning Lunch’. Alvin explained the importance of knowing one's personal values and how we could best integrate them with organizational values to guide our daily decision-making. He shared the ‘Four Pathways of Purpose Framework’ to help individuals reflect on their personal purpose.

Press Conference on ‘Education in the 21st Century – Our Impact’, July 2019, Kuala Lumpur

Led by Managing Director, Zulhaimi Othman, LeapEd held a press conference to unveil the insights of ‘Education in the 21st Century – Our Impact’ (‘Impact Study’). The study was conducted to review the effectiveness of the Trust School Programme (TSP), and identify opportunities to further enhance the model moving forward. It was an insightful and lively discussion with more than 20 media representatives ranging from printed and online press, bloggers and digital influencers. Other LeapEd team members also shared their experience and stories of the education transformation journey.

Learning Lunch: Indigenous Education, April 2019, Kuala Lumpur

LeapEd’s Knowledge Sharing Team invited Dr. Aminuddin B. Mohamad from Institut Pendidikan Guru (IPG) Kuala Lipis to share his extensive research and experience in Indigenous Education. Dr. Amin believes that through relevant education, we can help elevate the social and economic status of Orang Asli in this country. He advocates that teachers assigned to teach the Orang Asli community must not only master the art of pedagogy, but also need knowledge in sociology & anthropology, to ensure learning meets the specific needs and context. As LeapEd is now embarking on a same mission in Jeli for the Jahai community, this session was truly eye-opening, inspiring and useful for LeapEdians to understand this unique community better.

STEM Festival 2019, April 2019, Putrajaya

LeapEd recently held the STEM Festival 2019 in partnership with Heriot-Watt University, Malaysia, GREAT UK Challenge Fund and Youth Made Malaysia. This programme emphasises the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related subjects and experiences amongst Malaysian students. Forty students from four secondary schools within LeapEd’s Trust Schools Programme participated in ‘Building a Drone Challenge’. In nurturing the element of 21st century learning, this programme also aims to inspire and engage students, parents and teachers with STEM-related fields and its importance as well as impact in the future job market.

A Chit Chat with Syed Azmi Alhabsyi, April 2019, Kuala Lumpur

To support the #LivingTheValues campaign within LeapEd, the Knowledge Sharing team helped to organise a talk given by an invited speaker, Syed Azmi Alhabsyi to share his inspiring stories as a strong advocate for social causes in Malaysia. Syed Azmi is best known for his work in vulnerable communities to tackle social issues ranging from poverty, nutrition, teenage pregnancies and child sexual abuse. #LivingTheValues is an internal campaign to encourage LeapEdians to practice core i4 values in their daily lives; Inspire, Innovate, Integrity and Inclusiveness.

Funders’ Roundtable, March 2019, Mercu UEM, Kuala Lumpur

Together with the Malaysian Collective Impact Initiative (MCII) and Yayasan Hasanah, LeapEd helped to organise the 15th Funders’ Roundtable with the theme: “Transforming Education to Respond to Global Shifts”. Covering a wide spectrum of topics, such as: Inclusive Education, Re-Imagining Indigenous Education and Public-Private Partnerships, the event sparked interest and lively discussion among the audience. A group of students from SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi were also given the stage to share their inspiring transformation journey in the Trust Schools Programme, a flagship programme of LeapEd, Yayasan AMIR and the Ministry of Education Malaysia.

Learning Lunch: Inclusive Education, February 2019, Kuala Lumpur

Ever wonder what it is like to struggle in school? Judy Ann Meiners, LeapEd’s Specialist, Programme Development led this interactive knowledge sharing session by highlighting the real challenges faced by students with learning difficulties in classrooms every day. LeapEd aims to support the implementation of inclusive education in Malaysian schools, by helping to build the capacity of teachers and leaders and by raising awareness of Special Education Needs (SEN).

International Symposium TS25, Pulau Indah, February 2019, Selangor

A group of Trust Schools in Pulau Indah together with Universiti Selangor (UNISEL) held the “1st International Symposium TS25 Pulau Indah – UNISEL” at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pulau Indah. With the theme: “Transformation in Education”, more than 200 attendees ranging from teachers, researchers and social enterprises participated in the symposium. A wide spectrum of topics was discussed such as best practices in the classroom, innovation in learning, and others. LeapEd team members were also given the stage to share their knowledge and experience with the audience.

1nner Circle: Sharing on GUSTO Programme, February 2019, Kuala Lumpur

S. Ranjeetha Sivajanam, the Senior Officer of Yayasan AMIR shared her experience on the Ground-up School Transformation (GUSTO) programme.
Started in 2015, this 3-year programme is a collaborative project between the State Education Departments of Perak and Pulau Pinang, Yayasan AMIR, LeapEd Services and Teach for Malaysia (TFM). The focus is on transforming under-performing schools whose students are mainly from families and communities at the low-end of the socio-economic scale. Throughout the session, Ranjeetha shed light on current milestones, achievements and challenges faced by the implementation team and the schools. The schools under GUSTO are now undergoing a 2-year of ‘monitoring phase’ as the programme ended in 2017.

Learning Lunch: In Outsourcing We Trust? Lessons from Academies in England, November 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Nina Adlan Disney, General Manager of the Education Development Division, joined a Ministry of Education Malaysia delegation to attend the Global Education Dialogue 2018 in London. She led an interactive discussion with fellow LeapEdians focusing on system decentralisation and school autonomy in the context of the academy trust model in England. Learning Lunch is a knowledge sharing initiative which promotes a ‘learning-while-lunching’ concept.

1nner Circle: The Story of Maahad Tahfiz Negeri Pahang, November 2018, Kuala Lumpur

The second 1nner Circle session was held on 22 November 2018 on our new programme, Islamic School Enhancement Programme (ISEP). Nazahar Abdul Hamid, LeapEd’s Senior Advisor and Ustaz Saleh bin Ramli of Maahad Tahfiz Negeri Pahang were invited to share their stories on how the programme has impacted the school as a whole. 1nner Circle is a storytelling platform for LeapEd Projects and Programmes, where LeapEdians come forward to lead the session by sharing their knowledge, experiences and ideas.

1nner Circle: Middle Leaders’ Programme, September 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Loris A. Mullins, the Education Lead for Lundu Cluster in Sarawak shared insights on our signature Middle Leaders’ Programme on 21st September 2018. The session shed light on how the programme started, the roles and influence of middle leaders with interesting stories from her own experience. 1nner Circle is a storytelling platform for LeapEd Projects and Programmes, where LeapEdians come forward to lead the session by sharing their knowledge, experiences and ideas.

EduCluster Finland Workshop, August 2018, Kuala Lumpur

LeapEd invited EduCluster Finland (ECF), Finnish educators and experts, to share their knowledge on Finnish values of holistic development and well-being of learners beyond school, into communities and throughout life through its sustainable education model. The workshop was held on 2nd August 2018 at LeapEd’s Training Centre.

Intimate Education and Social Enterprise Discussion with Professor Muhammad Yunus, August 2018, Kuala Lumpur

In line with the aim of becoming a learning organisation, the Knowledge SharingTeam, myHarapan and arise Asia successfully co-organised an intimate discussion with Nobel Laureate, Professor Muhammad Yunus, a world-renowned social entrepreneur, banker and civil society leader. Sharing his insights on the topic: ‘Be Part of the Solution. Education and Social Enterprise’, the session generated immense interest among the audience.

Teach for Malaysia Conference & EXPO 2018, July 2018, Selangor

LeapEd participated in Teach for Malaysia’s Conference & EXPO 2018 which was held on 21st July at Sunway International School, Bandar Sunway, Selangor. This opportunity has served as a platform to create greater visibility among our stakeholders and collaborators in education sector.

Learning Lunch: Professional Collaboration to Collaborative Professionalism, July 2018, Kuala Lumpur

Thulasi Vikneswaran, Specialist, from the Education Development Division shared some key takeaways from Andy Hargreave’s Workshop held in Bangkok to fellow LeapEdians. The session was held on 6th July 2018 at the LeapEd Training Centre. Learning Lunch is a knowledge sharing initiative which promotes a ‘learning-while-lunching’ concept.

International Conference on The Future of Education (IConFEd), July 2018, Penang

This conference was organised by the Institute of Teacher Education Malaysia (Tunku Bainun Campus) with the theme: "Enhancing Teacher Quality for Better Education". Priscilla Arumugam, Dr. Sylvia Dinius and Dr. Madzniyah Md. Jaafar from the Education Development Division were the representatives from LeapEd to present their papers.

PINTAR Foundation and LeapEd Services Round Table, June 2018, Kuala Lumpur

SKPMg2 Workshop was organised by LeapEd in collaboration with PINTAR Foundation on 8th June 2018. The workshop was held at LeapEd’s Training Centre and about 20 participants from various agencies and GLCs have attended the workshop.

NEPC Conference, April 2018, Croatia

NEPC Conference was held in Baska, Croatia on 16th – 17th April 2018 with a theme of School Leadership Matters. Ng Bok Lan and Loris A. Mullins from LeapEd participated as presenters.

Leadership Programme for PINTAR School Leaders, March 2018, Selangor

Leadership Programme for PINTAR School Leaders was held and emphasizing on Professional Learning Community on 29 March 2018. LeapEd’s Cluster Advisor, Khalilah Yahya shared her insights and experience as a former school principal of one of the trust schools to the participants.

ICSEI Congress, January 2018, Singapore

With a theme of Deepening School Change for Scaling: Principles, Pathways and Partnerships, International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) was held in Singapore from 8th – 12th January 2018. Andrew Watson represented LeapEd as one of the speakers during the congress.

THESA Symposium, August 2017, Selangor

Trends in Holistic Education Symposium Asia (THESA) was held at Taylor University on 9th -11th August 2017. A presentation entitled ‘Developing Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Classroom Practitioners’ was presented by Julie Margaret Eng during the 3-day symposium.

Time to Read: Literacy Mission for Refugee Kids

As part of LeapEd’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, we have partnered with United Learning Centre; a volunteer-driven centre providing education for refugee children. Our partnership’s mission is to promote literacy in these children by cultivating an appreciation for reading.

21st Century Learning: Leading Learning & Building Sustainability by Prof. Charles Hopkins

LeapEd, together with Yayasan AMIR and Yayasan Hasanah, had the pleasure of hosting Professor Charles Hopkins from 23 – 25 January 2017. The public lecture was officiated by the former Director General, Ministry of Education, Tan Sri Dr. Khair and attended by 300 participants from Ministry - Federal State and District, Government Agencies, NGOs and partners.