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Taylor’s College and its student engagement arm, The Risers, announced the winners of its RISE Educator Award campaign at Taylor’s Lakeside Campus. Along with celebrating Teachers’ Day, the institution seeks to celebrate and honor outstanding teachers who go above and beyond their teaching duties to inspire educational excellence and social distinction in their students.
Finalists and their nominators from various states in Malaysia, including Perak, Pahang, Kelantan and Pulau Pinang, joined the ceremony alongside Malaysia’s Chief Education Officer, Ybhg. Datuk Hajah Nor Zamani, Taylor’s Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director of Studies, Professor Dr. Pradeep Nair, and Taylor’s College Campus Director, Josephine Tan Lian Lei.
Mohammad Hazeem bin Azemi of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Kuala Krau was crowned RISE Educator of the Year at the ceremony. This extraordinary teacher’s moving story of being inspired in and beyond his classroom touched the hearts of the campaign’s jury, which included last year’s winner, Cikgu Muhammad Nazmi of SK Luagan, Lawas.
“It’s a proud moment to win RISE Educator of the Year. It’s a heartfelt recognition for the effort educators have put in for their students, and it’s truly humbling to know that my story of inspirational excellence for my special needs and the students of Orang Asli won the hearts of the RISE Educator Award judges. I have always been passionate about special education. Special education holds a special place in my heart, because I grew up with a cousin who is a slow learner. I saw how challenging the education system was for him in his studies. His struggles forced me to get a degree in special education – I wanted to understand how I could make education easier, accessible and more inclusive for him and this part of society,” Cikgu Hazeem said.
In his winning story, nominator Puan Haspura Abu Hanipah explains how Cikgu Hazeem took the initiative to conceptualize the school’s OKU Multimedia Studio, an OKU-friendly computer lab, the first of its kind in Malaysia, for his students. by Orang Asli.
“The studio which is built with a ‘gaming’ concept is equipped with gaming chairs and tables as well as computers and its complementary accessories to motivate students to engage in their studies. Through the lab, the school and I worked on designing learning modules that teach students complementary computer skills such as video and photo editing, game-based learning, broadcasting skills and more. Cikgu Hazeem explained.
According to SMK Kuala Krau Director Tuan Hj Mat Jusoh bin Che Ngahthe RM10,000 sponsorship from Taylor’s College will help upgrade the media studio and equip it with more facilities and accessories such as green screens, digital cameras and audio systems, among others.
“As a school located in a rural area, we have observed how the digital knowledge divide affects experiences and opportunities between urban and rural students. For this, we fully support Cikgu Hazeem in its ambition to build this multimedia studio so that we are able to bridge the gap to allow our students an equal opportunity to learn skills that are on par with their more privileged peers.We believe that the OKU Multimedia Studio can help teach our students the necessary skills to lead a prosperous and independent life upon graduation from high school.
“So if, in any circumstance, our students are unable to continue their education for personal reasons such as financial constraints, family responsibilities or the like, they still have the essential skills to chart their own career path. career without the need for a professional certificate. Beyond academic knowledge, the studio would help equip students with essential skills for multimedia careers. To this end, we are very grateful to Taylor’s College for choosing the story of Cikgu Hazeem for the RISE Educator of the Year award and for awarding the school a sponsorship of RM10,000,” he continued.
“We have been deeply touched by Cikgu Hazeem’s exceptional efforts to help his students thrive in their education and in their lives. When we think of the teaching profession, the majority of people agree that it is a noble career with many challenges ahead of educators, as we are charged with educating, shaping and inspiring our students to become productive members of society. It is not enough to ensure that they do well in their studies, but beyond the classroom environment, it is important that educators also seek to develop other areas of their students’ lives, such as their self-esteem, digital skills, and mental and emotional health. endurance. Cikgu Hazeem’s story embodies the sense of a passionate educator who goes above and beyond to inspire excellence for students in their education and social development. Beyond today’s win, we look forward to further supporting Cikgu Hazeem and SMK Kuala Krau Pahang in their ambition to build their OKU Multimedia Studio,” said Josephine Tan, Campus Director, Taylor’s College.
What is even more significant is that students who complete the Cikgu Hazeem course would receive a ‘Sijil Kemahiran Tahap 3’ that students can use to apply for jobs.
The award also included the RISE Educator Award; where the winner is chosen by popular vote on the institution’s website, as well as the RISE Educator Award: Taylorian Edition, which allowed students and the Taylor community to vote for their favorite speaker story.
Saifulnizan Che Ismail from Sekolah Kebangsaan Raja Bahar, Kelantan won this year’s RISE Educator Award; while Dr. Choo Hui Leng from Taylor University’s School of Engineering won the RISE Educator Award: Taylorian Edition. The two winners took home RM2,000 in cash, while their nominators took home RM500 respectively. For more information on the RISE Educator Award, please visit here.