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Recognising teachers for their outstanding efforts in raising the bar in 21st Century Education

Every year, YTL Foundation together with FrogAsia recognises the achievements of schools and teachers by celebrating their hard work and dedication in raising the bar in 21st Century Education. The award acknowledges schools and individuals who have made a difference in teaching and learning, in school administration and in community engagement. This year’s Awards Night was held at the JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur.

“Teaching is a noble profession that shapes character and calibre, and contributes to the future of an individual. Not many know the sacrifices that teachers have to make to ensure that their students learn. For many of us, teachers are the backbone of our society because they contribute in shaping the future of our nation, hence, every year, we make it a top priority to celebrate these teachers for their efforts and dedication towards improving education in Malaysia. We want to celebrate those who have worked hard behind the scenes to propel their students forward; those who have struggled through change, and have seen the fruit of their labour,” said Datin Kathleen Chew, Programme Director of YTL Foundation who was present at the ceremony together with Yeoh Pei Lou, Executive Director of FrogAsia.

“We want to highlight that education is recognised as a key fundamental right and this right cannot be fulfilled without qualified teachers. It is no doubt that a teacher's job is challenging, as not every student is the same, thus requiring the teacher to be dynamic and agile in the use of different teaching approaches. Although teaching can seem to be a commonplace profession, yet its challenges can mean it takes a special type of person to achieve excellence in this career. ” Datin Kathleen added.

The Awards Night celebrates national and international contributions in education through the prestigious Frog Teachers Awards, Frog World Championships, Global School Leaders Malaysia Awards, Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay Transformational Awards, Puan Sri Kai Yong Yeoh Book Prize and YTL Foundation Schools Awards.

Guests at the Awards Night were entertained by Sufian Suhaimi, a Malaysian singer and former teacher known for his singles, "Terakhir" "Di Matamu" and "Mencuba". Sufian also recently won the Best Performer award at the Anugerah Juara Lagu 2019.

Focus Malaysia 05 Jul 2019

Acumen Academy Malaysia has launched the Acumen Fellows Programme - an intensive leadership development programme for individuals building solutions to tackle our country’s biggest social needs.

As Malaysia experiences a renewed sense of civic possibility, moral leadership is needed to harness the strength and dynamics of our diversity that is fundamental to the development and harmony of the country. There can be no fully developed Malaysia until we finally overcome the many challenges confronting us now. To ignore this would mean allowing larger divides to grow in a society that is meant to hold each other up, not push each other down.

“Acumen is building a pipeline of leaders who understand what it takes to create change in our complex, interconnected world. We are looking for people with an entrepreneurial attitude, mindset and approach. We hope to empower these changemakers from all layers of our society to be the drivers of transformation,” said Oga Chan, Programme Lead of Acumen Academy Malaysia.

Every year, 20 Fellows are selected to be a part of this fully sponsored programme. This programme is unlike any other because of its unique structure that is designed to connect and cultivate a pipeline of local social innovators who are committed to tackling injustice and poverty in our communities. These Fellows remain in their jobs and come together for five seminars, each lasting 6 days, that will take place across the span of a year.

We imagine a Malaysia that is united in its effort to address our biggest needs by doing what is right, not what is easy. To achieve this, Acumen Academy Malaysia is looking for fellows from diverse background and demographics who are invested in long term social impact here through the work that they do. Fellows could come from non-profit, for profit or public sector backgrounds.

"It's about all of us, and the kind of world that we, together, want to live in and share. Each of us can work to change a small portion of events. And it's in the total of all those acts that the history of this generation will be written," Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO and Founder of Acumen.

Individuals that participate in this programme will be introduced to powerful leadership frameworks, tools, mindsets and approaches - anchored around the focus areas of Authentic Voice, Adaptive Leadership, Good Society Readings, Managing Polarities and Systems Thinking. The learning happens when Fellows are together in session over the course of a year through in-person discourse, reflections and real-world application. In the long years after they first come together, they continue to grow as leaders and create impact as a movement with shared values, a common commitment and accountability.

“Problems of inequity affect people on a daily basis, and has detrimental effects on the larger society - today, tomorrow and in the future. Hence, we need a programme that cultivates leaders with moral imagination now. This is a great time to launch Acumen Academy Malaysia. We know Malaysia is ready because we have seen a rise in individuals partaking in social change,” added Oga.

Starting in 2020, the Acumen Fellows Programme will bring together exceptional leaders from across Malaysia, who dare to embrace the difficult journey of social change. Over the course of a year, the Fellows will come together to learn with and from each other. As a deeply bonded cohort, they will engage with a curriculum that is based on practical skills and character, geared towards action and grounded in the value of moral leadership. After they finish the first year of the Fellowship, the Fellows join the global community of more than 500 Fellows. Acumen Fellows Programme Malaysia is currently fully sponsored and incubated by YTL Foundation.

Applications for the Acumen Fellows Programme opens on 8 July 2019. Find out more at

Register interest for the fellowship here:


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By Zulita Mustafa -

UNIVERSITI Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is the first university in the country to have a ‘Frog Classroom’ in its Centre for Literacy and Sociocultural Transformation at the Faculty of Sciences and Humanities.

The project is a collaboration between Frog Asia Sdn Bhd and a UKM team led by Professor Dr Radha Nambiar, who is chairman of the centre, to create a classroom that encourages student participation in learning with the integration of technology.

It is also a product of a three-year partnership with YTL Foundation, which funded a study on the effectiveness of the Frog Classrooms.

“For one year, myself and three colleagues studied whether there was a change in teaching and learning in classrooms at various schools.

“We spoke to teachers of various disciplines and they said students were eager to learn and would be on their best behaviour the whole week just to come to the classroom.

“The study also found that the Frog Classrooms were a conducive learning environment at schools,” she said.

Her study on the impact of Frog Classrooms was published in 2017. It was further applied in UKM, with YTL Foundation programme director Datin Kathleen Chew Wai Lin opening the university’s first Frog Classroom recently.

Present were deputy vice-chancellor (academic & international affairs) Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Marzuki Mustafa and deputy vice-chancellor (industry & community partnerships) Professor Datuk Dr Imran Ho Abdullah.

Last year, Radha spoke with a group of students to get them to set up the classroom at the faculty. They did so based on guidelines provided by Radha’s team, such as the colour scheme, and furniture from YTL Foundation.

“It is the combined effort of students and staff, who cleaned, fixed and painted the walls and tables, that created this learning space.

“The creative part was from the students as they were the ones who decided what they wanted their classroom to look like.

“We even allowed them to draw on the tables to make the environment attractive.”

She added that the front feature, where a teacher stands by the blackboard to teach, had been eliminated.

“In this space, you can facilitate from anywhere in the room. This will ensure that no learner is left behind. This classroom is designed for peer interactions and group work to foster 21st century learning skills, such as collaborating, problem-solving and critical thinking,” she said.

The classroom is now ready to be used by lecturers and students on a rotational basis. According to Radha, access to technology was a key component to personalised learning.

“The only condition is they must make use of technology. We don’t want it to become a traditional classroom.

“Teachers don’t have to worry about bringing their laptops or projectors. We have already put everything inside.

“We have done our part, the rest is up to the teachers and students. We need to give them a chance to show how creative they can be with knowledge.”

Marzuki said the nation’s education landscape was constantly changing and UKM needed to adapt fast.

“We need to think and ask questions on the future of learning so we, as educators, can create better opportunities for our learners. And, it is important to remember that educators are no longer the only source of information in this digital era.

“These facilities will guide learners to develop skills to leapfrog into the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” he said.


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YTL Foundation held the inaugural YTL Foundation Awards at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with FrogAsia to celebrate and honour exemplary teachers from all over the country who have effectively implemented 21st Century learning in their classrooms.

The guest of honour was YAM Tunku Besar Seri Menanti Tunku Ali Redhauddin Tuanku Muhriz, the Crown Prince of Negeri Sembilan who is also Chairman and Founding Trustee of Teach for Malaysia.

The 1BestariNet Teacher Awards and the YTL Foundation Schools Awards were presented to the winners at the event. These awards celebrate the achievements of teachers and schools that performed exceptionally well in 2018.

1BestariNet Teacher Awards
The three teachers who received the 1BestariNet Teacher Awards were Puan Norsiah Abd. Rahman, headmistress of SMK Air Molek, Mr. Yu Kok Hui, ICT and Frog Admin of SMK Skudai and En. Nasrul Safwan bin Zaukafli, a science teacher from SK Sungai Pinang.

YTL Foundation Schools
The five schools who received the YTL Foundation Schools Awards were SK Ampangan, SK Seri Bayu, SMK Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, SMK Tengku Mahmud and SMK (P) Pudu.

Frog World Championships 2018
The winners of the Frog World Championships 2018 were also presented with their prizes at the event. This contest is an international competition designed to get students and schools motivated to engage in independent learning.

The schools that won in the FrogPlay World Championships 2018 are:

  1. SJK(C) Choong Cheng - Grand Prize
  2. SK Taman Bukit Indah - Runner up
  3. Yardley School, UK - Second Runner up

There was also a special presentation of the Tan Sri Yeoh Tiong Lay Transformational Teaching Award launched by Teach For Malaysia this year in honour of the late Tan Sri Dato’ Sri (Dr) Yeoh Tiong Lay in recognition of his unceasing commitment to education.

The night ended with the announcement of the Best Dressed for the evening by Adibah Noor, the guest artiste at the event.

The 2018 Leaps of Knowledge conference themed ‘Power Up’ is a sequel to last year’s conference themed ‘Level Up.’ More than 1,000 educators and parents in total from all over Malaysia attended the conference. The aim of the conference was to recognise educators as superheroes (Gamechangers) and empowering them to continue raising the bar in education and encouraging 21st Century teaching and learning.
The first keynote speaker was Kiran Bir Sethi, founder of Design for Change (DFC), the largest movement of change by children and Riverside School, Ahmedabad, India. DFC is now in over 60 countries, impacting 2.2 million children and 65,000 teachers. Kiran spoke about empowering children by character building and design thinking.

The second keynote speaker was Cheryl Ann Fernando, the inspirational teacher portrayed in the Malaysian film ‘Adiwiraku’. Cheryl shared her experience as a teacher in a rural school and how teachers can empower their students to reach their highest potential.

The Leaps of Knowledge conferences are organised by FrogAsia and supported by YTL Foundation.

November 23, 2018

YTL Foundation dengan kerjasama Petrosains menganjurkan Lottie's Adventure Adventure, acara bertemakan STEAM di Pusat Beli-Belah Lot 10 dari 23-25 ​​November 2018 yang lalu. Pengembaraan Sains Lottie adalah yang dilancarkan oleh Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Abu Hassan Bin Othman, ahli Lembaga Pemegang Amanah YTL Foundation bersama Datin Kathleen Chew, Pengarah Program YTL Foundation.

Tema tahun ini dipilih untuk meningkatkan minat pelajar dalam mengikuti mata pelajaran berasaskan sains dan mempromosikan mata pelajaran STEAM di kalangan pelajar dari semua latar belakang.

"Kami mahu para pelajar mengetahui bahawa sains tidak perlu kering dan membosankan. Kami mempunyai sekumpulan peminat sains yang kreatif dan berdedikasi di sini hari ini ingin berkongsi pengetahuan mengenai bagaimana kami dapat membuat sains menyeronokkan dan menarik" kata Datin Kathleen Chew, Pengarah Program, YTL Foundation.

Sebagai Naib Canselor Universiti Sabah Malaysia sebelum ini, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Abu Hassan Bin Othman menjelaskan bahawa pelajar kita berpotensi untuk bersaing secara global, tetapi tanpa pendedahan, motivasi dan kepentingan yang betul, mereka akan ditinggalkan.

"Saya sangat gembira mendengar YTL Foundation menganjurkan 'Pengembaraan Sains', bukan hanya untuk menggalakkan sains, matematik dan kreativiti teknologi kepada pelajar, guru dan ibu bapa, tetapi untuk menunjukkan bahawa mata pelajaran berasaskan sains bukan hanya untuk jenis tertentu pelajar, ia boleh menarik semua pelajar." jelasnya.

Pada majlis itu, terdapat bengkel kayu dan sains yang diuruskan oleh Super Brain Bridge di mana pengunjung akan dapat membuat lampu meja, kipas meja USB dan juga membuat tirap. Anda juga boleh mengeluarkan Marie Curie di dalam anda dengan Akademi Sains Bridge di mana anda boleh menjalankan pelbagai jenis eksperimen dari pencampuran lendir ke ujian PH.

Petrosains mengadakan bengkel untuk membuat robot mini yang menari dan corak coretan, mewujudkan labirin marmer. Terdapat juga teka-teki matematik dan BATAK Mini Pro, mesin yang menguji reaksi anda dan koordinasi tangan anda. Pembekal lain termasuk MEREKA yang mempunyai basikal jus, Toy Libraries Malaysia yang memegang mainan mainan dan gerai pembaikan mainan, Aliran, Amazin 'Grace, Mangosteen, Supa Dupa Circus, NAGCM (Persatuan Kebangsaan Kanak-kanak Berbakat Malaysia), Jabatan Alam Sekitar dan banyak lagi.

Mainan yang dikumpulkan dalam pemacu mainan dan hasil daripada penjualan Lottie Bears akan disumbangkan kepada Perpustakaan Toy Malaysia untuk mendirikan sebuah perpustakaan mainan untuk Program 'Sekolah Dalam Hospital' di Pusat Perubatan Universiti Malaya. Hasil yang diperoleh daripada jualan Mangosteen dan Aliran akan diberikan kepada amal juga.

YTL Foundation menjemput pelajar dari tujuh sekolah awam untuk menghadiri acara itu dan setiap pelajar diberi peluang untuk menyertai bengkel tersebut. Jika anda ingin mengetahui lebih terperinci mengenai bengkel dan aktiviti yang berlaku di Pengembaraan Sains Lottie, lawati


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By  -  November 23, 2018

YTL Foundation in partnership with Petrosains organised Lottie’s Science Adventure, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) – themed event at Lot 10 Shopping Centre from 23-25 November 2018. Lottie’s Science Adventure was launched today by Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Abu Hassan Bin Othman, a member of the Board of Trustees of YTL Foundation together with Datin Kathleen Chew, Programme Director of YTL Foundation.

The theme this year was chosen to increase the interest among students in pursuing science based subjects and promote STEAM subjects among students from all backgrounds. “We want students to know that science does not have to be dry and boring. We have a group of passionate, creative and dedicated science enthusiasts here today eager to share their knowledge on how we can make science fun and exciting,” said Datin Kathleen Chew, Programme Director, YTL Foundation.

As the previous Vice Chancellor of University Sabah Malaysia, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Abu Hassan Bin Othman explained that our students have potential to compete globally, but without the right exposure, motivation and interest, they will be left behind. “I was very happy to hear that YTL Foundation was organising a ‘Science Adventure,’ to not only to promote science, technology math and creativity to students, teachers and parents, but to show that science based subjects is not just for certain types of students, it can be appealing to all students,” he explained.

At the event, there were woodwork and science workshops managed by Super Brain Bridge where visitors will get to create a table lamp, USB table fan and even making a catapult. You can also bring out the Marie Curie in you with Science Bridge Academy where you can carry out various types of experiments from slime mixing to PH testing.

Petrosains held workshops on making mini robot that dances and scribbles patterns, creating a marble maze. There were also math puzzles and the BATAK Mini Pro, a machine that tests your reaction and your hand-eye coordination. Other vendors included MEREKA that had a juice bicycle, Toy Libraries Malaysia which held a toy drive and a toy repair booth, Flow, Amazin’ Grace, Mangosteen, Supa Dupa Circus, NAGCM (National Association for Gifted Children Malaysia), Jabatan Alam Sekitar and many more.

Toys collected in the toy drive and the proceeds from the sale of the Lottie Bears will be donated Toy Libraries Malaysia to set up a toy library for the ‘Sekolah Dalam Hospital Programme’ in the University Malaya Medical Centre. Proceeds collected from Mangosteen and Flow sales will be given to charity as well.

YTL Foundation invited students from seven public schools to attend the event and each of the students were given the opportunity to participate in the workshops. If you would like to find out more detail of the workshops and activities happening at Lottie’s Science Adventure, visit


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We partnered with PETROSAINS to organise a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) theme fair at Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur.

The launch was officiated by Tan Sri Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr) Abu Hassan Bin Othman, a member of the YTL Foundation Board of Trustees. Guests at the launch were treated to a science skit which set the tone for the three-day event.

The theme was chosen to increase interest in science-based courses amongst youth. Vibrant decorations, free balloon animals, and popcorn made the Lot 10 concourse festive and vibrant.

YTL Foundation sponsored students from seven public schools to attend and enjoy this vibrant yet educational event. 

Super Brain Bridge hosted woodworking and science workshops, where attendees could make table lamps, USB table fans, and even catapults. Students were also able to explore their inner Marie Curie through Science Bridge Academy, which offered a variety of projects ranging from slime mixing to PH testing. 

Petrosains conducted workshops on constructing a marble maze and even featured a mini robot that could dance and design. Also available were Math puzzles and the BATAK Mini Pro, a contraption that measures response time and hand-eye coordination.  

Many other exhibitors graced the event, including MEREKA, Toy Libraries Malaysia, Flow, Amazin' Grace, Mangosteen, Supa Dupa Circus, NAGCM (National Association for Gifted Children Malaysia), Jabatan Alam Sekitar, and many others. 

Toys collected from TLM’s toy drive, as well as the proceeds from the sale of Lottie Bears, were donated to Toy Libraries Malaysia.

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