"The responsibility of all children regardless of class, race, creed, background, birthplace or birthright, belongs to us all."
Former Head Principal & Myanmar Refugee
PRIMARY CLASSROOM OVERVIEW:
Our Primary Education Program emphasizes learning through knowledge, play, interaction and expressive thought. Teachers are trained to monitor a child's interest and build on their learning experiences accordingly. Our classrooms are set up to promote active exploratory learning - materials exploring world concepts such as language, wildlife, geography, expressions, etc.
Children aged 6-12 are separated into different groups based on different levels of advancement and learning interests - a one-size-fits-all approach does not reflect the diverse growth patterns and learning styles of each child. Mixed-age learning groups encourage better cooperative learning and social interaction skills as well as improved early age critical thinking development.
Through play and creative exploration, we encourage a socially mindful approach towards learning which is important for children from different walks of life. During quiet times, students are provided individual spaces to engage in reading, drawing, and creative play. Students are also encouraged to take short naps during breaks, improving mood, concentration and attention span.
Our centre adopts a Malaysian academic syllabus (KSSR) supplemented with methods from the Waldorf program and Taylors University Foundation. Students sit for a final assessment equivalent to UPSR standards. Classes are conducted in Malay and English.
Key Learning Areas:
Secondary Classroom Overview:
At the secondary level, we continue to nurture the love for learning, the development of independence, concentration, and mastery of skills through active learning in our modified curriculum. Our children grow to love work, developing deeper awareness, self-discipline and emphatic social skills.
Students participate in activities that focus on developing skills in critical and rational thinking, enabling them to pursue their own growing interests, improve collaborative abilities as well as develop a strong sense of self-belief. More emphasis is placed on living skills-based vocational learning, self-development programs, Environment Care, Arts & Crafts, Sports, Sign and financial literacy. Other subjects like English, Mathematics, Bahasa Kebangsaan, Arabic and Science continue to form the core foundation of their learning.
Learning capacities are further supplemented by volunteer tutoring partners, who spend quality one-on-one teaching time to consolidate classroom information. More advanced students then form part of a powerful peer-to-peer knowledge transfer as they teach students at the primary level.
At this stage we prepare school leavers through counseling sessions, working closely with them as they take that next step in life. Through our networks, school leavers are supported with job and training opportunities in their fields of interest.
In reality, many refugee children struggle at this stage as placements for formal tertiary education continue to be limited for them.