YTL FOUNDATION’S LEARN FROM HOME ADDS ENTIRE BAHASA MELAYU NATIONAL SYLLABUS TO ITS CONTENT PLATFORM
YTL Foundation today announced it has uploaded 278 new lessons covering the entire national primary and secondary Bahasa Melayu curriculum for Standard 1 through to Form 5 onto its Learn From Home content platform at www.ytlfoundation.org/learnfromhome
The move comes just ahead of the new national schools’ academic year, which starts on Wednesday, 20 January 2021.
Announcing the initiative, YTL Foundation Programme Director Datin Kathleen Chew said, “With movement restriction orders intensified around the country amidst rising COVID-19 cases and most students still unable to attend school in person, we know that many parents are very concerned about the continuity of learning. This is especially so in the new academic year, as children move into new classes and age groups, and some into new schools. In the midst of this unfamiliarity and uncertainty, we want to empower parents and students with materials and resources for online learning at home.”
“Learn from Home levels the playing field in education by equipping every child with the tools to learn, wherever they are. Our Frog School content covers the whole syllabus for core subjects in Government schools. Parents can literally start with Lesson One and follow the lessons through to the end of the year from Standard 1 to Form 5, and we even have content for Pre-school children,” she said.
YTL Foundation’s Learn From Home Initiative was launched in March 2020 during the first wave of the pandemic to help parents support their children’s learning with minimal disruption. A key pillar of the initiative is Frog School, which is a repository of free online lessons and quizzes developed in collaboration with FrogAsia, a not-for-profit organisation committed to equipping teachers and learners with knowledge, information and skills through the effective use of technology.
Datin Kathleen added that the Bahasa Melayu lessons for Standard 1 through to Form 5 now available on the site were co-created by a team of eminent subject matter experts from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), who worked closely with FrogAsia’s content development team to ensure the material was comprehensive, easy-to-navigate and engaging.
With the latest addition, Learn From Home now offers 1,272 curriculum-aligned lessons on Frog School, covering Bahasa Melayu, English, Maths and Science, developed by FrogAsia in partnership with content providers UKM, Pelangi, Teach For Malaysia, Kindity and MYReaders. Students who use the Learn From Home platform can also access more than 13,500 revision quizzes covering the same learning content, through the FrogPlay mobile gamified app.
There is also a Learn From Home Parents’ Guide, which offers a range of tips, from basic for parents whose children can learn independently, to more detailed guidance on helping a younger child understand each lesson and achieve learning goals. To start guiding their children, parents can read the Parents’ Guide in English or Bahasa Malaysia while their children can read the students’ version.
In addition to the learning content, Learn from Home also supports students by equipping them with the connectivity they need to access the lessons, through its telecommunications partner, YES. Through the telco’s on-going Kasi Up initiative, all Malaysians can access affordable data plans, with prices starting from RM1 per 1GB. Students from Government schools and universities can apply for free YES 4G prepaid SIM cards with 40GB of data valid for 2 months and B40 families can also apply for a free phone with a 12 month data plan. To-date, YTL Foundation has distributed over 400,000 SIM cards and 100,000 mobile phones nationwide through the Learn From Home Initiative.