Imagine enabling What’s Next in education to school students in rural and urban poor areas of Malaysia – where distance is not a barrier and students have access to experienced teachers and education content. Amazing isn’t it? And that’s what our new community programme, eKelas is all about. eKelas is really about technology-enabled teaching, making remote learning a reality for these students It’s a fun, vibrant and engaging after-school supplement, done via a highly-interactive digital content, in line with the Malaysian School Syllabus. We are delivering the eKelas programme at Pusat Internet 1Malaysia (PI1M), managed by Maxis.
The eKelas programme focuses on the three critical subjects of Science, Mathematics and English for form 1, 2 and 3. Our first eKelas pilot programme went live in September 2015 with five PI1Ms in Langkawi and Yan, Kedah, Tumpat and Pasir Mas in Kelantan, and Semenyih. Five more were added in January 2016 - Putrajaya Precinct 9 (Phase 10) and Precinct 16, Kuching, Sibu and Negeri Sembilan. Throughout the one-year programme, we have reached out to 1,200 students.
With eKelas, we want to expose the students to new ways of learning. Besides connecting the students to experienced teachers via live tutorial sessions, the students learn through group projects, videos and competitions. But eKelas is not just about live tutorials, it is also about building the confidence for these students and that is why we have fun and engaging activities such as motivational talks and holiday camps.
We had the first holiday camp for eKelas students in March 2016. 60 excited students travelled to Kuala Lumpur for a two-day, educational and fun-filled camp. We brought them to Petrosains Discovery Centre; Twin Towers observation deck on Level 86; organized a video production workshop with popular tech blogger Amanz, and an up-close-and-personal session with our management team. The students were given hands-on learning experience on science and technology; made their own electrical lanterns from scratch, and each team collaborated to produce a short video which was then judged by Maxis employees. In May later, Maxis volunteers conducted several motivational talks to share their experience and inspire the students.