Perdana Leadership Foundation Invites Students and Teachers to Take Part in the ”Learning from Malaysian Leadership and History” Project Contest
Kuala Lumpur, April 22, 2010 – The Perdana Leadership Foundation (PLF) invites Malaysian primary and secondary schools to submit educational projects on Malaysian leadership and history. The contest is now open and will accept entries through April 30, 2010.
Students and teachers will work together in teams to develop learning projects to present their understanding of Malaysian leadership and history using the Oracle Education Foundation’s ThinkQuest. ThinkQuest is a protected online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their curriculum and students to develop vital 21st century skills, including critical thinking, communication and technology skills.
The Perdana Leadership Foundation has provided students with online access to their extensive digital archives to research their projects. Students can access news clippings, magazine articles and speeches of Prime Ministers. In addition, librarians are available via e-mail to respond to student inquiries.
Teams will participate in one of the following categories; lower primary, upper primary, lower secondary and upper secondary. Over 100 entries representing the work of 800-1000 teachers and students are expected. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to top teams in each category.
“This is the first time that we have organized a project-based learning contest. We look forward to reviewing entries from teams that are content-rich and boldly creative. We hope that the contest will enable students to better connect and understand Malaysia’s past,” said Tan Sri Nik Mohamed Nik Yaacob, Executive Director, Perdana Leadership Foundation.
“We applaud the Perdana Leadership Foundation’s efforts to promote 21st century learning as an integral part of the “Learning from Malaysian Leadership and History” contest,” said K. Raman, Managing Director, Oracle Corporation Malaysia. “Their decision to leverage ThinkQuest as the online platform for the contest is strong affirmation of OEF’s valuable contribution and ongoing commitment to education in Malaysia.”
For more information about the contest, please visit http://www.perdana.org.my.
About the Perdana Leadership Foundation
Perdana Leadership Foundation was set up in 2003 with the aim of preserving, developing and disseminating materials by and on Malaysia's past Prime Ministers. Believing that past leadership can yield valuable insights for future development, the Foundation's objective is to increase awareness and appreciation of Malaysia's intellectual heritage. The Foundation operates a physical and digital library, the Perdana Library which provides direct access to a wealth of information on Malaysia's past Prime Ministers. The Library collects, organises, preserves and disseminates materials by and about Malaysia's national leaders and events connected to them, and outlines the policies, strategies and initiatives they adopted. In line with the Foundation's objective of disseminating information on Malaysian leadership, these materials are digitised and are made available to the public through the Internet. To date, the Perdana Library has more than eight million documents or three hundred thousand titles in its collections. The Foundation’s Honorary President is YABhg Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. For more information, visit http://www.perdana.org.my.
About the Oracle Education Foundation
The Oracle Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle. It delivers ThinkQuest, a widely acclaimed education technology program, to K-12 schools globally. ThinkQuest is a protected, online learning platform that enables teachers to integrate learning projects into their classroom curriculum and students to develop critical 21st century skills. For more information, visit http://www.oraclefoundation.org
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