KelasKita is an online programme which allows education implementers to provide tuition through volunteers to children in local communities using our Learn From Home lessons and the Frog Spaces application on the FrogAsia’s virtual learning platform (“Frog VLE”).
Working with Teach For Malaysia and FrogAsia the KelasKita playbook - a step-by-step guide for implementers, teachers and volunteers running the programme, has been developed to support the programme.
The programme is available for all school-going children students, with a focus on Bahasa Melayu, English, Mathematics and Science. To learn more about its founding and what is in the works, we spoke to Amy Chong, [designation] from 54C, YTL Learning Space and Fam Li Ying, [designation] from Teach For Malaysia.
During the pandemic, school closures meant students found themselves left behind in their education. It was then that the award-winning Learn From Home initiative was created to support learning loss. Through the programme, YTL Foundation started providing access to quality digital learning resources curated by FrogAsia in core subjects.
Shortly after, in 2021, Leaps Academy was founded as a way to offer online classes to students from underprivileged backgrounds. While Leaps Academy started small, it is now home to classes which up to 300 students find themselves benefitting from. Classes range from core subjects to more generalised learning such as financial literacy, arts education and character development.
KelasKita is a natural extension of these building blocks on a wider scale. ‘We saw, from the success of Leaps Academy, an opportunity to scale up the programme and make it more available to communities across the country,’ Amy notes.
In the KelasKita programme, implementer organisations (for example a bank, accounting firm or an NGO) will be able to provide volunteer-based tuition to students in local communities. The KelasKita playbook will facilitate implementation, focusing on training and streamlining the processes for all parties involved.
Materials such as auto-marked quizzes and lesson content are readily provided on the Frog Spaces application through the Frog VLE, hence centralising content. Student performance data is captured in a “markbook”, a digital logbook containing all scores from assignments allowing a more targeted approach to address weaknesses in student learning.
Using Frog Spaces, teachers and volunteer tutors are able to engage real-time with students, while having the ability to customise and supplement the ready-made lessons with their own content.
It follows that there are high aspirations for Kelas Kita. Li Ying believes it will be the start of many things: “This is going to be a start to get communities to come together to address some of the challenges to education we are facing coming out of the pandemic.” Amy sees the importance of its structure as a key highlight: while being methodical in its approach, the programme will also further address the question of running a tuition programme ‘in a more impactful way’.