One year later – has our children’s learning been transformed? On 19 May 2018, the Founder of RITE Education, Ms Elmarié Potgieter, wrote an open letter to YB Dr Maszlee bin Malik, the then newly-appointed Minister of Education in Malaysia. This letter went viral on Facebook and was later covered by a national newspaper, The Star. In April 2019, Elmarié wrote a follow-up letter to YB Dr Maszlee, and two months later, she was interviewed by BFM, Malaysia’s only independent radio station focused on business news and current affairs. TheSEE DETAILS

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Twelfth Malaysia Plan Kick-Off Conference organised by the Ministry of Economic Affairs alongside United Nations Malaysia & The World Bank, 1 July 2019 @ Putrajaya Marriott Hotel Every 5 years, the government of Malaysia comes up with a development plan along with its implementation framework. The Twelfth Malaysia Plan (12MP) focuses on three dimensions: economic empowerment, environmental sustainability, and social re-engineering. Its goal is to ensure that Malaysia becomes a developed, dynamic and prosperous country, whilst sharing and distributing the benefits of national growth in a fair and sustainable mannerSEE DETAILS

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7th International Conference on Teaching, Education & Learning (ICTEL) by Eurasia Research On 25 June 2019, the Founder of RITE Education, Ms Elmarié Potgieter, delivered a keynote at the 7th ICTEL conference in Kuala Lumpur. The keynote topic was Let’s Not Get Lost in Translation: Implementing International Best Practices and Localising Curriculum Content. 95 participants from 13 countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Uzbekistan and United Arab Emirates, submitted their educational research entries for this conference, with 20 selected for presentations and technical sessions. The Teaching and Education Research Association (TERA)SEE DETAILS

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Very often, it is disheartening to discover colleagues amongst ourselves in education who profess to desire change, yet lack in desire for implementing change. Peter Tabichi is a science teacher from rural Kenya. He is the winner of the 2019 Global Teacher Prize, organised by the Varkey Foundation. The award is presented annually “to an exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession”. In 2013, the Foundation commissioned a research into attitudes about teaching as a profession, teachers’ salaries, students’ attitudes towards educators, and how people ratedSEE DETAILS

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The above front page headline of the 24 March 2019 edition of the New Sunday Times certainly attracted a lot of attention, especially with the names and faces of all 13 members of the National Education Policy Review Committee (NEPRC) on full display. The committee, which was formed back in October 2018, is scheduled to present their final report to the Minister of Education by the end of April 2019. The NEPRC was given the following mandates: Propose innovative ideas in restructuring the national education system to build a holisticSEE DETAILS

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On 15 March 2019, RITE Education founder, Ms Elmarié Potgieter, delivered a keynote at the 2019 Fieldwork Education International Curriculum Conference in Singapore. Her keynote was titled “Let’s Not Get Lost in Translation: Implementing International Best Practices and Localising Curriculum Content”. Key Takeaways from the Conference (1) Three key elements to successfully implement international best practices or curricula across different countries: “Triplisation” process of education (Cheng, 2003), approaches to localisation and stakeholder buy-in – makes it relevantA growth mindset and effective change management strategies – makes it possibleSustainable professional developmentSEE DETAILS

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On 16 March 2019, members of the RITE Education team participated in a conference “School Leadership and Policy Implementation in Malaysia”. The purpose of this conference was to present the findings from a research project by the University of Nottingham (Malaysia campus) on the implementation of educational policy reform in Malaysia, based on interviews with national, state and district officials, as well as school heads and principals. This research was funded by the HEAD Foundation. Key Takeaways from the Conference 42% of principals in local public schools serve < 5SEE DETAILS

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I’m often asked about STEAM and how to go avout implementing it in a school. It is unfortunate that in Malaysia we are more focused on the STEM agenda with folks thinking that integrating the arts into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics will water it down but it is not the case at all. S:  Physical and Social SCIENCES T:  Incorporation of TECHNOLOGY E:  Principles of ENGINEERING and Design A:  English Language ARTS M: Application of MATHEMATICS Just imagine studying the patterns and architecture in birds nests and applying those in constructing an original work of art. To me the bestSEE DETAILS

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Over the past few years I’ve met so many interesting people who are all passionate about what they do. These are people who are not focusing on their jobs or careers, but have a passion for the causes they are promoting. People with passion for life and who have a clear mission in life, will not be counting the years/months/weeks till retirement. No, like the honorable Tun Dato’ Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad who is an amazing man. He dedicates his life to a clearly defined mission – and thisSEE DETAILS

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