Dec 20, 2017
SHAPING EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
The best legacy we can leave for our future generations is a quality education. We have witnessed firsthand the power of education in creating opportunities, breaking poverty, changing lives and shaping a nation’s future. Today, more than ever before, it is important to equip our children and youth with knowledge and thinking skills, so that they can compete on a level playing field.
That vision led to the introduction of the Trust Schools Programme through Yayasan AMIR in 2010. A relatively new concept in Malaysia, Trust Schools are government schools that are jointly managed and supported by public-private partnerships. Since its incorporation, Better Brighter has helped fund eight trust schools in both rural and suburban locations across Malaysia. These schools are SK Kampung Jawa, SMK Kampung Jawa, SK Seri Samudera, SMK Seri Samudera, SK Jeli, SMK Jeli, SK Paka III and SMK Seri Paka.
Trust Schools are selected based on several criteria such as their geographical location, transformational potential, and social-equity balance. Run by principals appointed by Yayasan AMIR, they work closely with the Ministry of Education (MOE) to determine a schedule, curriculum, staffing, pupil policies, and utilisation of funds that will help bring Yayasan Amir Trust Schools Programme’s (YATSP) vision to life. This occurs in two stages; at Stage 1, the YATSP, MOE and school principals will convene to align their visions and interests. At Stage 2, YATSP will create a public dialogue with teachers, parents, and students in attendance. This separate session allows them to gain feedback on which direction the school would be embarking upon, in order to benefit and impact the lives of everyone involved.
The end goal of YATSP is to improve accessibility to quality education and to develop our nation’s future leaders and thinkers. To achieve this, Yayasan AMIR consistently strives to enhance the curriculum and teaching quality of government schools in Malaysia. But it is the joint involvement of the school community, parents, corporations, and the government, all of whom play a role in nurturing and empowering the next generation, that makes this programme such an excellent initiative.
Currently, our network has over 80 Trust Schools spread across ten states and in the span of a few short years, the programme has already shown encouraging results. We have seen a significant increase in the passing rate for Ujian Penilaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) students, as well as a boost in the Grade Point Average (GPA) of Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) students at these schools. There has also been an increase in the holistic development of students through co-curricular activities.
At this juncture, the programme is still in its early stages, and although the journey ahead is a long one, we believe the final results will be well worth the effort to create the next great generation of well-rounded leaders.