The ‘Empowering Lifelong Learners’ Conference’, organised by the Beaconhouse School System, is scheduled to begin today (Tuesday) in Kuala Lumpur.
The conference is designed to explore and examine cutting-edge methodologies of learning and teaching and reconsider the role of school leadership and management in enhancing student achievement.
It aims to transform the learning experiences of children studying not only at private schools, but in schools at every level and, at the same time, to give educators the tools to empower students to take responsibility for their learning.
The conference will continue, in line with preceding conferences, the exploration of what it means to be a ‘School of Tomorrow.’ It will consist of workshops and other programmes over the course of two days and will focus on progressive teaching and learning.
The conference will also look at the future of learning in schools.
The Beaconhouse School system runs 10 schools in and around the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
In the Malaysian school context, the conference aims to address how individuals can be catered into the classroom, how assessment can support learning, and how professional development programmes can be made more effective.
Its relevance lies in the fact that Malaysia is moving towards its goal of developed nation status, and the country’s human capital, driven by education, can contribute to this process.
Emphasising the Malaysian government’s emphasis on lifelong learning is the underpinning theme of the conference, ‘Empowering Lifelong Learners’ – learning can no longer be confined to the time spent in a classroom and needs to be a lifelong process of personal and professional development.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2012.