Addressing the ‘Lost Generation’ in Education

The collaboration between EduCity and Pandai Education Sdn Bhd will benefit primary and secondary school students, especially from the B40 segment, through two (2) programmes, Xcell Lab & Kira Lab

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FL-Khairul Anwar CEO Pandai, Ybhg Datuk Zainal Abidin, Ketua Setiausaha MOSTI, Wan Ahmad Saifuddin MD EduCity

An MoU signing ceremony took place at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, indicating an important step for EduCity to further solidify its position as Asia’s first multi-campus education city by partnering with Pandai Education Sdn Bhd (Pandai), which specialises in providing customised digital learning for students based on the Malaysian national education curriculum.

This collaboration will see the implementation of at least two (2) projects linked to education technology and talent development initiatives, particularly in the areas of teaching and learning using the technology that Pandai is now championing.

The first initiative will be using Pandai’s educational app, which has been customised for EduCity, to teach English and Mathematics syllabi that are compatible with the national curriculum. These programmes will be offered to 5,000 primary (Year 3 & 4) and secondary (Form 4 & 5) students, mostly from the B40 demographic.

In this project, the Xcell Lab and Kira Lab programmes were created with the goal of assisting young learners who are unable to learn at home in inadequate environments with limited access to appropriate devices or the internet when schools switched to Pengajaran dan Pembelajaran di Rumah (PdPR) during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO). These are students who are believed to be part of the “lost generation”, impacted by disruptions in vital services and access to education. These two (2) programmes are regarded as vital measures required to assist school children in today’s disrupted learning environment.

The second collaboration stems from the implementation of Xcell Lab and Kira Lab, through which Educity assists in addressing unemployment issues by equipping unemployed graduates to teach students enrolled in these two programmes. This will be accomplished through the training of educators, specifically independent qualified tutors (gigsters), to equip them with the most up-to-date effective teaching methods and applicable technologies for providing educational content in interesting and interactive ways. This programme is planned to begin in the second quarter of 2022 and will be limited to just 200 (number) selected tutors for the year 2022.

Addressing the ‘Lost Generation’ in Education
Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Wan Ahmad Radzi, Managing Director of EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd

“This collaboration comes at the right time, as we had recently decided to offer basic reading classes dubbed as Mahir Membaca to Johor’s affected school children, specifically from the B40 segment. This programme was supported by local community leaders, and we are currently seeing the success of our good effort as 85% (percentage) of those students have seen an increase in their reading level. This collaboration has accelerated our effort to reach more affected students within the B40 segment, using Pandai’s technology as the tool that will ensure a successful outcome for our future leaders,” said Wan Ahmad Saifuddin Wan Ahmad Radzi, Managing Director of EduCity Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

CEO of Pandai Education Sdn Bhd, Khairul Anwar Mohamad Zaki, said “the Pandai app already incorporates interactivity, gamification, personalization, and artificial intelligence elements. With our recently launched module called ‘Pandai Teacher’, we are now equipped to assist not only the students and their parents, but also their teachers, tutors, and education institutions. Together with EduCity, we really hope to empower educators and provide quality education to as many school students using emerging technologies to increase the academic attainment of these 21st-century learners.”

EduCity Academy (EA), a training centre established to become a one-stop talent-lifecycle solution and ecosystem developer, will oversee Xcell Lab and Kira Lab. It was created as part of EduCity’s larger ‘PERANTIS’ship model, which would provide young learners with a pathway that focuses on developing skills that are linked with industry demands. The following is an overview of the ‘PERANTIS’ship model that EA manages:

For Schools: Offering key intervention and development programmes such as Kira Lab and Xcell Lab for primary and secondary schools.

For Youths: Introducing and implementing EduCity’s ‘PERANTIS’ship talent development programmes that will benefit youth on the national and ASEAN levels.

For Corporate: Talent development programmes and ecosystem-building services tailored for the industries. For example, current projects include leadership programmes for the real estate industry and developing an academy for a state government

More information on EduCity can be viewed at https://linktr.ee/educityofficial.