As schools reopen steadily over the coming weeks, education recovery will prove to be perhaps more vital than ever in the pandemic period. Phase 2 of the Learn From Home Frog School lessons, launched in February 2022, comes at an opportune moment to assist in facilitating inevitable gaps resulting from school closure. The partnership between CIMB Foundation, Teach For Malaysia (TFM) and YTL Foundation exemplifies how organisations are able to achieve more through collaboration.
The idea first came about in mid-2021. At the time, CIMB Foundation was working with ThinkCity on a community project for PPR residents, part of which involved providing online learning resources to students in the community, aimed at facilitating learning loss. At the end of 2021, the Program Komuniti Perkasa PPR workshops were launched, targeted towards building the capacity of community leaders via workshops with students and parents. Student workshops strive to increase motivation in students themselves while promoting interactive learning beyond the classroom. For parents, workshops are meant to encourage active parental involvement in the development and learning of their child.
When CIMB Foundation turned to TFM to create resources, it was then made known that resources were readily available under the Learn From Home initiative. The joint collaboration has allowed for an expanded suite of lessons – Geography and Chemistry lessons were released in January, with a total of 1000 more lessons to be released throughout 2022.
With lessons in place, mapped to the national curriculum for every subject, students are able to utilise these resources to revise and learn units that may have been missed over the last two years. An important example of this, already in place since 2021, is the Tuition For A Cause project by YB Maria Chin Abdullah, the MP of Petaling Jaya, where tutoring is conducted for students based in the Section 17 community. Alternatively, parents, guardians or teachers are able to take charge by assigning lessons to students for revisional purposes. Just as vitally, the FrogPay mobile app – available on all app stores – makes interactive learning especially enjoyable for young learners, who will be able to engage in self-learning sessions.
The idea of a collective model in fostering a common vision of enhancing educational access is not new. Since 2016, YTL Foundation has been part of the Malaysian Collective Impact Initiative, which has brought together 10 organisations to work across 12 schools in Klang. The partnership between CIMB Foundation, YTL Foundation and TFM is yet another example of how collaboration can help scale effective and proven solutions.