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Empowering Education: Journey of the Regional 2023 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awardee from Malaysia

Taylor's School of Education was thrilled to share the success of its recent event, "Empowering Education: Journey of the Regional 2023 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awardee from Malaysia". It was a momentous occasion that brought together educators, administrators and enthusiasts from various backgrounds to celebrate the transformative power of education. The event was hosted by Taylor's University Impact Lab - Education for All, with the aim of promoting inclusive education and empowering educators.

The session featured an extraordinary lineup of speakers who shared their insights, experiences and the remarkable achievements of Mr. Goh Kok Meng, the recipient of the Regional 2023 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Award. The event commenced with Ms. Reyett S. Paunan and Ms. Denise Duar, PhD students from the School of Education, who took on the roles as Moderators. Their dynamic presence set the stage for an engaging and interactive session. The audience was introduced to Mr. Goh Kok Ming, an exceptional educator whose dedication and innovative teaching methods have had a profound impact on his students. He was accompanied by Ms. Norhaili Mohd Kassim, Deputy District Education Officer of Larut, Matang and Selama, who represented the District Education Department and shared valuable insights into their role in supporting educational initiatives.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Logendra Stanley Ponniah, Head of School of Education at Taylor's University, delivered inspiring opening remarks, emphasizing the significance of recognizing exceptional educators. He commended Mr. Goh's achievements as a testament to his commitment to addressing the challenges faced by vulnerable students. Dr. Logendra also highlighted the emerging presence of technology in education and the need to adapt teaching methods to prepare students for the future.

A highlight of the event was the captivating video montage that showcased the 'Kampung Code' Programme, an initiative spearheaded by Mr. Goh. The video took the participants on a journey through the programme's milestones, showcasing the remarkable progress made by the students under Mr. Goh's guidance. It was a powerful testament to the transformative impact of education and the incredible possibilities that emerge when educators go above and beyond to empower their students. Ms. Reyett and Ms. Denise engaged Mr. Goh in an enlightening discussion, exploring the origins of the 'Kampung Code' Programme and the challenges he faced along the way. Mr. Goh's passion for teaching and his unwavering belief in his students' potential shone through as he shared anecdotes and personal stories of the positive changes witnessed in his students' lives.

Ms. Norhaili Mohd Kassim provided valuable insights into the significance of Mr. Goh's achievements for the district and the Department of Education. She highlighted the department's commitment to supporting innovative teaching methods and fostering an environment that promotes access to knowledge. Ms. Norhaili emphasized the department's role in empowering vulnerable educators and ensuring they have the necessary support and resources to create meaningful learning experiences.

The event also featured a Q&A session, providing participants with the opportunity to engage directly with Mr. Goh and Ms. Norhaili. The questions posed ranged from the meaning of the award and its impact on Mr. Goh and his students to the department's efforts in supporting educators facing resource limitations. The discussions were thought-provoking and offered valuable insights into the challenges and triumphs within the education sector. As the event drew to a close, Reyett and Denise expressed their heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Goh, Ms. Norhaili, and all the participants for their contributions. They acknowledged the collective effort required to create lasting change in the education landscape and emphasized the importance of ongoing support from stakeholders at all levels.

The event served as an inspiring reminder of the transformative power of education and the incredible impact that educators can have on the lives of their students. Mr. Goh Kok Ming's journey and the 'Kampung Code' Programme exemplified the dedication, passion and innovation needed to empower young minds and shape the future of education. It was a celebration of the extraordinary achievements of educators who go above and beyond to make a difference, proving that every child deserves an opportunity to flourish and succeed.

Don't worry if you missed the event! You can catch all the inspiring moments again on our YouTube channel. Watch the recording here: Relive the empowering journey of the Regional 2023 Cambridge Dedicated Teacher Awardee and be inspired by the incredible impact of the 'Kampung Code' Programme.


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