19 November 2012 – The Star’s TechCentral: Technology a tool for transformation
Yeoh:”Perceptions can and will change if you bother to understand and tell people that you’re there for them, that you understand (what they’re going through), and that you’re there to help make life better for them.”
Giving people the material is only half the battle, said Yeoh Pei Lou, executive director of FrogAsia Sdn Bhd, implying that more is required besides providing educators with the right tools if we hope to transform our nation’s education system for the better.
She identified the need to change perceptions and to inspire others as some of the other key factors that need to be addressed.
“Perceptions can and will change if you bother to understand and tell people that you’re there for them, that you understand (what they’re going through), and that you’re there to help make life better for them,” said the 25-year-old.
Yeoh and her team at FrogAsia have learned these lessons through the 1BestariNet programme – an ongoing collaboration between the Education Ministry and YTL Communications Sdn Bhd which is providing Yes 4G high-speed Internet connectivity and a virtual learning environment to 10,000 schools across Malaysia.
She shared that they now have a better understanding of the challenges faced by teachers and students, and are working to apply technology to overcome these hurdles.
Such troubleshooting can be tedious and often time consuming, but “nothing good is ever easy,” Yeoh said.
She also said it was important to inspire others because that was the key to empowering them.
The Frog Virtual Learning Environment that FrogAsia was rolling out, she said, inspired teachers by compiling real-life stories from various schools and made them available online via a “Community Site.”
“Everybody needs a dose of inspiration. And what better way to encourage someone than through such inspirational stories,” Yeoh added. – SUSANNA KHOO