International Inspiration is developing curriculum resources and training teachers in tandem with the Malaysian Government's major Transformation Curriculum initiative. With an initial focus on children with a disability and the most marginalised children living in the states of Sabah and Perak, International Inspiration's benefits will spread across the whole country in the longer term. International Inspiration will also contribute to the highly-prized national youth leadership movement, providing new models of training that draw out the potential of young people, and provide them with the skills to take the lead in their own communities.
Reasons to celebrate
- 48 teachers and lecturers have been trained to use resources with a focus on disability sport and inclusion.
- 600 teachers have been trained in the first year of training across Malaysia.
- 12 teachers and 100 young sports leaders have been trained initially to deliver sports festivals in their communities.
- By March 2011 a further 500 young sports leaders had been trained and a further 50 sports festivals arranged, involving more than 15,000 primary-aged pupils.
Influencing the nation as a whole
The Government of Malaysia has demonstrated its confidence in the programme by undertaking to drive and support the roll-out of International Inspiration curriculum models piloted in Sabah to all 13 states.
Improving behaviour and having fun
Ravichan Dran is a PE teacher in Malaysia. Through International Inspiration, a teaching technique using PE training cards has been introduced into Ravichan’s school, which has led to an improvement in lessons.
Ravichan said that International Inspiration has enabled him to gain access to new materials and resources used in UK schools, which is of great benefit to teaching and learning activities in the school, with pupils ‘having more fun learning’.
In addition, this teacher training has resulted in improved behaviour amongst pupils, and importantly, enabled Ravichan to go on to train other teachers in these new techniques, thereby leaving a lasting legacy.
Ravichan said: ‘PE has become more fun for pupils and has given me more knowledge and skills in carrying out activities in sports in schools. It has benefited the children in educating them in the importance of sport in their lives. Problem students’ discipline has improved when given the chance to be leaders in sport.’