YTL Foundation in collaboration with Syarikat Pembenaan Yeoh Tiong Lay (SPYTL) launched the new Frog Classroom. The Frog Classroom is specially designed to enable 21st Century learning and teaching in schools.
YTL Foundation, SPYTL and the teachers of SMK Puchong Batu 14 spent hours brainstorming on elements of change towards a conducive and progressive learning environment for the students.
The team decided that a classroom needed to be comfortable, inspiring and motivating. A place where students will be surrounded with positive energy.
The team then decided to include air-conditioning units and bright and inspiring colours for the walls, white boards and notice boards at the back of the class for students to be able express themselves.
The custom made curved tables and the ability to use technology in the classroom makes the Frog Classroom conducive for 21st Century learning.
The idea of a conducive learning environment came about when Datin Kathleen Chew visited SMK Puchong Batu 14 when she was invited to teach a class for Teach for Malaysia Week. She was stunned to see the state of disrepair of the classrooms. There were not enough tables and chairs, the fans were not working and the doors and windows were broken. Students took a long time to settle down before the lessons started.
To address the broken doors and windows, a punching bag was installed at the back of the classroom. The team believed that it was important to to teach the students to channel their energy positively.
This was our second UK scholar training session, where scholars enjoyed a weekend at the Grafham Water Centre in Huntingdon. Scholars were required to attend the training session which focused on determining their strengths and weaknesses in a group situation.
"I thoroughly enjoyed myself and felt that the training was not only useful for me in university, but also when I work in a team at work," – Tara Shaleen Bhullar, Law student.
"Working in a team is hard. It was really good to find out where I fit in. Through the exercises and the discussions later, I have learnt that I am more people oriented compared to being task oriented. I have to work on that as it is pointless to have a happy team with no productivity level," - Ilyssa Badlisham, International Business Student.
In September 2016, the YTL Foundation organised a three-day leadership retreat for our UK-based scholars at Gainsborough Bath and Spa, Bath. The training was focused on character building and to familiarise scholars with the 5 core values of YTL (Moral Responsibility, Honesty, Vitality, Togetherness and Hard Work). Scholars were expected to develop their confidence and leadership qualities throughout the duration of the retreat. Scholars experienced three days of self-discovery while identifying the essential behaviour and attitude of a great leader. Gradually, even scholars with initial trepidations on sharing opened up towards the end.
In July 2016, YTL Foundation organised a Scholar Hackathon where scholars were able to utilise their creativity, work in groups and enhance their problem-solving skills. The scholars were given a problem statement on education and were placed in groups to create solutions. The event went on for 2 1/2 days, with 13 scholars divided into 3 teams.
The winning team proposed an avenue for students in primary and secondary schools to express themselves through a web page called LUNA. LUNA is an online platform catering to the needs of students in Malaysia. LUNA will provides students with a safe outlet to interact and exchange ideas.
The site will host a virtual Frog Classroom for students who do not have the opportunity to experience a Frog Classroom. The winning team received RM3,500 to develop their idea and had the opportunity to present their idea at the YTL Leadership Conference in December 2016. A prize award of RM 500 was also presented to the best team with the best presentation and teamwork.