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Malaysia Takes Steps to Prepare Teachers for an IB Education Expansion

Memorandum of Agreement between the International Baccalaureate and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia will provide educational development for teachers in ten Government schools in Malaysia over the next three years in preparation for becoming IB World Schools.

Malaysia - June 19, 2013 – The International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) announced the signing today, of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to collaborate in a project which will see the design, development and implementation of a programme of supplementary professional development for all school leaders and teachers in ten selected government secondary schools within the states and federal territories of Malaysia. The project is in response to the interest expressed by the Malaysia Ministry of Education (MoE) in working with the International Baccalaureate to implement the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) in select secondary state schools in Malaysia.

The overriding goal of this collaborative project between the IB and AIM is to support school transformation and educational reform in Malaysia. This will be achieved by preparing an initial group of select Government schools for application for candidacy as IB World Schools and supporting those schools through the regular candidacy phase, for them to achieve IB World School status for the IB’s Middle Years Programme.

Ian Chambers, Director IB Asia Pacific commented, “IB programmes are increasingly being implemented across Asia as a means to transform teaching and learning through the development of critical 21st century competencies. This partnership in Malaysia will involve the development of over eight hundred teachers and enable students to experience and benefit from an IB education”

Under the MOA the IB will provide a comprehensive programme of specifically designed professional development and consultant support to the selected schools.

Mark Rozario, CEO of Agensi Inovasi Malaysia added, “We are keen to engage expertise from the International Baccalaureate to explore ways of improving the delivery of the Malaysia National Curriculum through a learner-centred framework. This establishment of a cohort of ten government secondary schools as ‘centres of excellence’ for the IB MYP will act as a model of best practices for other government secondary schools to further broaden the impact on wider educational reform in the country.”

The MYP is designed for students aged 11 to 16. It provides a framework of learning which encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers. The MYP emphasises intellectual challenge, encouraging students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and to the real world. It fosters the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement, qualities that are essential for life in the 21st century. The MYP framework allows teachers to deliver the Malaysian National Curriculum in a holistic and student centred manner.

The MYP Programme consists of eight subject groups integrated through five interactive areas providing global contexts for learning. Students are required to study at least two languages (as part of their multilingual profile), humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology. In their final year, students will also undertake an independent personal project to demonstrate the development of their skills and understanding.

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