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There’s nothing more appealing to a 16-year-old than an XBOX or PS5. Give a child the choice between reading a book and playing a video game, and they will most likely choose the latter.

But that’s not necessarily a bad thing these days. Digital literacy and skills have become increasingly important. Students currently in school will inevitably grow up in a predominantly digital economy.

Cikgu Mohammad Hazeem Azemi, a specialist teacher at SMK Kuala Krau and winner of the 2022 RISE Educator of the Year Award hosted by Taylor’s College and its student engagement arm, The Risers, recognizes the importance of developing the knowledge of its students in the multimedia industry.

As SMK Kuala Krau is made up of Orang Asli and students with special needs, the digital divide between urban and rural areas, especially for students with disabilities, means that students have very little experience with digital tools .

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At the height of the pandemic, Cikgu Hazeem saw her students struggle with online classes. He decided to build a small studio in his house and noticed that the students were fascinated by his appearance. This kept them engaged and motivated to take online courses regularly.

At the end of the motion control order (MCO), I found myself a new goal: to build a multimedia studio for students to help them develop their skills in the digital domain.

Cikgu Hazeem

With the RM10,000 in sponsorship he won from the RISE Educator Award, Cikgu Hazeem spearheaded the development of SMK Kuala Krau’s Pendidikan Khas Integrasi (PPKI) Studio Multimedia Program.

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The first multimedia studio of its kind in a public school in Malaysia, it is equipped with computers, video lighting and more to help students learn technical digital skills such as content creation, photo and video editing , broadcasting, virtual games and other computer-related knowledge.

Taylor’s College also sponsored 15 tablets and 50 content creation kits for use in the media studio. Students who complete the multimedia course offered by the school through PPKI Multimedia Studio will also receive a ‘Sijil Kemahiran Tahap 3’ that they can use to apply for jobs.

Support our superheroes!

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Taylor’s College Campus Director Josephine Tan considers Cikgu Hazeem and other like-minded educators our nation’s “superheroes” because they go the extra mile and let nothing stop them from doing everything they can for their students.

If we don’t support them, who will?

Josephine Tan, Campus Director, Taylor’s College

She calls on more industry players and interested parties to come together to support and encourage these educators so that they are empowered to do more in the areas that need attention and development.

She adds that Taylor’s College aims to reduce the gap between privileged and disadvantaged students for the good of communities in Malaysia. In addition to the RISE Educator Award, Taylor recently launched 13 Impact Labs that integrate research, education, and advocacy to provide practical solutions to societal issues.

Work hard, play hard

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Citing Apex Legends as his favorite video game, Irfan, 16, one of Cikgu Hazeem’s autistic students, is thrilled to have a new media studio at school. Irfan has represented Malaysia twice at the Global IT Challenge in South Korea under Cikgu Hazeem.

When asked what he liked best about the new studio, he immediately replied, “PS5!”

Equipping these students with tools, skills, and even hobbies that allow them to easily navigate the world not only opens up new job opportunities for them, but also helps build their confidence and social skills, which is just as important, if not more so, for these children.

Irfan’s ambition is to be an online streamer in the future. Since it is one of the most profitable jobs today, we see no problem with that. Thanks to Taylor’s College and local superheroes like Cikgu Hazeem, the younger generation from disadvantaged backgrounds can dream big. And with continued support and encouragement, they can bridge the gap between their dreams and reality.

Watch the story of Cikgu Hazeem and the launch of SMK Kuala Krau’s PPKI Multimedia Studio here:

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