Two Malaysian Teachers Nominated For Global Teacher Prize 2016

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 – The two local female teachers have made it among 50 teachers around the world to stand a chance to win US$1 million (RM4.3 million) in the Global Teacher Prize 2016 award, organised by the Dubai-based Varkey GEMS Foundation.

Noorjahan Sultan, 44, of Sekolah Kebangsaan Indera Mahkota Utama Kuantan, Pahang; and K. Vanesri Kasi, 25, of Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Tamil) Jalan Khalidi, Muar, Johor are shortlisted from 8,000 entries from 150 countries. Since 2009, Noorjahan, a preschool teacher, has pioneered ‘Let’s Rhyme’, a method of English language learning based on the alphabet and thematic rhyming, to familiarise school pupils to the language.

“Through an entertaining way, I believe that the fear or trauma toward the language among school pupils will be gone,” she told a press conference, here Tuesday. The method consists 40 different themes based on national preschool curriculum syllabus and now being applied in more than 1,000 preschools all over the country.

Noorjahan, who has 22 years of experience, was also a finalist for the National Innovation Award organised by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry last year. Meanwhile, Vanesri who has two years’ experience in remedial education, uses therapy module through information and communications technology (ICT) to help children who have learning problems.

She created an application called ‘Socrative’ that can be downloaded by teachers to help them teach the students in remedial classes. Although it was very difficult at first to teach remedial children using ICT, she said she have managed to transfer 14 pupils from remedial classes to the main stream classes in eight months.

The award dubbed the ‘Nobel Prize for Teaching’ saw second nomination from Malaysia after a physics teacher Yasmin Noorul Amin, 38, was listed among 50 teachers in the 2015 award. The 50 candidates are scheduled to be shortlisted to 10 finalists in February and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Dubai in March next year.

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