EDUCATION is still key to transforming lives, but not everyone is blessed with access to digital learning infrastructure or platforms.
This has always been a problem for students in the B40 group and those who live in rural areas where they have limited access to these facilities.
For fourth to fifth graders in rural communities, eKelas is a flagship community program of Maxis – an after-school digital learning initiative that provides access to quality educational content aligned with the Malaysian curriculum.
eKelas focuses on core subjects – math, English and science (grades four to five) and Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah (forms four and five) – in addition to STEM content and soft skills.
Through the eKelas app and portal, students are exposed to fun experiential learning through a combination of live tutorials, group learning, competitions as well as access to curated digital content.
Since its launch in November 2016, eKelas has seen strong growth, with the program implemented in 118 Malaysian Home Digital Economy (PEDi) Centers under the Maxis umbrella nationwide, connecting over 54,000 students and expanded to over 1,050 schools.
Among the students who have benefited from eKelas is Hamizan Mazlan, a former fifth year student of SMK(A) Dato’ Ismail, Kelantan.
“eKelas has really helped me in my studies as a rural student. There are many learning notes and videos for subjects such as English, Maths and Science, guided by very experienced teachers.
“Thanks to eKelas, I have been able to reduce the cost and time of purchasing laptops. In addition to notes and videos accessible anytime and anywhere, interesting programs such as learning programs English eKelas HIP, Abang Portal Application Community Manager quizzes and live tutorial sessions are also available,” she said.
For Dayangku Siti Nur Khairunnisa Awang Hamdany from SMK Bukit Assek, Sibu, who was one of the winners of eKelas Bijak Siber Dengan Geng Gajet 2021 competition, what sparked her interest in learning from eKelas are the interesting programs available .
“eKelas really helped me in my studies. I enjoy taking Abang Portal quizzes in my spare time and the comprehensive notes have helped me understand the topics better,” she said.
Today, eKelas offers a comprehensive digital learning experience, including opportunities for students to participate in campaigns such as STEM competitions for coding, creative and design thinking skills, writing contests essays and Anugerah Gemilang.
Essay and story in English
A highly anticipated program is the Maxis eKelas English writing and storytelling competition.
Back in its fourth year, the Maxis eKelas HIP English Storyfest competition aims to inspire and improve the English language skills of students in grades four through five nationwide.
“We are proud to see an increasing number of students taking part in the competition each year, with more than 3,500 last year alone,” said Mariam Bevi Batcha, General Affairs Director of Maxis.
“We will continue to bring the best digital content to students, especially from rural communities, and hope to see more in this year’s competition.
Students interested in participating in the competition can register here.
They can watch video tutorials on the portal, which guide students on how to write a good essay as well as tips to sharpen their English skills.
Once they have completed the tutorial videos, they can submit their entries for the competition.
For the essay writing category, students can write on any topic of their choice.
As for the storytelling category, students can record themselves telling a story, reciting poetry, or reading a speech from a provided script.
“We welcome this initiative by Maxis through its eKelas program in support of the Ministry of Education’s highly immersive curriculum,” said Dr. of Arts from the Department of Education.
“It gives students a different platform beyond the school environment to practice communicating in English, especially when they can interact with students from other schools. I encourage teachers to motivate their students to participate in the competition and take advantage of the learning opportunities offered.
Tricia Lim Chuk Pin who teaches at SMK Bukit Gading in Sungai Buloh, Selangor is a big fan of the competition.
“With eKelas, not only were my students able to discover their talents, but two of them even won the competition.
“They did the tasks on their own and I’m very proud of their achievement as they followed the guidelines and learned from the modules, videos and tips that were provided through eKelas for the competition,” he said. she shares.
For more information on eKelas and to register for the HIP English StoryFest Competition 2022, click here.