Working with Thinking Schools International, the Malaysian Government and Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) jointly created the i-THINK project to equip Malaysia’s next generation of innovators to think critically and be adaptable in preparation for the future.
AIM began the process of training a central team and the staff of ten strategically located schools around the country. The i-THINK project has three main objectives:
Nurture and develop innovative human capital
Increase thinking skills amongst children
Equip future generations with Higher Order Thinking Skills
A delegation from the Malaysian Ministry of Education and teachers from the ten pilot schools visited nine UK schools which have thinking skills embedded securely in their curriculum and teaching. The delegation and teachers expressed amazement at the quality of what they observed. On their return to Malaysia, they presented their findings and commented very positively on what they had seen.
Six TSI trainers then spent three weeks in Malaysia, working closely with the team for five days. Trained and equipped with the basics, the newly trained facilitators began a three month training program , supported by our team of TSI Global Trainers and on-line resources.
The following video gives a comprehensive insight into the innovative iThink project in Malaysia, with the full backing of the Malaysian Ministry of Education.
Staff in one hundred schools were trained and the current number of trained schools stands at 510 (including ten pilot schools). Another five hundred schools will be trained as the next phase of the iThink project rolls out.
The I-Think program faces a huge challenge – how does it scale up activity from the current uptake of a few hundred schools to its final goal of all 10,000? Agensi Innovasi Malaysia, has commissioned an extensive online program to support a blended training approach to support future tranches of schools. TSI has been closely involved with the development of this program which is now due to be tested by 1000 schools before further roll out from there.