Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD), in its quest to promote capacity building and empowerment of underprivileged and disadvantaged schools, launched its Educational Development Programme on 17 October 2010 for two underprivileged schools located at FELCRA estates in Kampong Gajah in Seberang Perak. It is also the first educational development programme of its kind in Perak that benefits students and teachers in rural areas and it receives full support from the Perak State Education Department.
The two underprivileged schools - Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Sultan Abdul Jalil Shah and Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Changkat Lada - will benefit from the three-year YSD Academic Educational Development Programme worth RM900,000.
Strengthening School’s Internal Capabilities
YSD provides the expertise of 9 selected ‘Guru Cemerlang’ from high performance schools in Malaysia as ‘mentors’ to rural teachers, sharing knowledge and experience and inspire innovation of new teaching methodologies.
YSD is organising 9 workshops and more than 20 ongoing instructional coaching Sessions for 60 rural teachers for SPM and PMR subjects headed by leading ‘Guru Cemerlang’ to continuously improve teaching and learning processes at schools.
Nurturing Good School Culture
The YSD School Excellence Twinning Programme (STEP) is a capacity building programme which is aimed at creating and nurturing good school culture and an environment that promotes high performance and academic excellence.
The pioneer programme was launched on 2 April 2011. Ten potential students, 4 subject teachers and management representatives from the two rural schools attended a one-week attachment at Sekolah Berasrama Penuh Integrasi Gombak (InterGom), one of the top Sekolah Berprestasi Tinggi in Malaysia.
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