THE World Economic Forum states that as many as 65% of children in primary school today will work in new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-based fields in the future when they enter the workforce.
In the year 2009, job titles such as Mobile App Developer, Data Scientist, Social Media Manager and even Digital Marketing Specialist did not exist. It is no surprise then, that the future will be filled with new roles such as tree surgeon, carbon trader, nano chef, and many more. As we go on and set forth into the next industrial evolution, there is a need for talent in almost every industry.
As much as we encourage students to take on a STEM-based education, equally important is the need to continuously upskill teachers with relevant resources in order to produce a steady stream of talent who can tackle the complexities and challenges as well as gain from the opportunities presented in the near future.
Turning the Spotlight on Teachers
PETRONAS believes in focusing on education for the progress of Malaysia, specifically in driving a STEM-based education. PETRONAS’ foray into contributing and developing the education sector dates to 1975.
Our programmes focus on four key areas in the education space; for students, in enhancing interest and competency in STEM; for teachers, to increase the quality and capability of delivering STEM subject; for the community, to increase awareness and acceptance of STEM; and in infrastructure, to provide access to the relevant resource and provide a space for learning, communication and collaboration.
Already, we have recorded several milestones. For teachers, the PETRONAS Counsellors Programme (PCP), has upskilled more than 1,000 school counsellors this year, in equipping them with the skills to guide students on career opportunities in the fields of STEM. For students, we have organised All About Youth since 2014, a programme to nurture, tutor and motivate secondary students in developing new innovations using STEM.
In terms of infrastructure, PETRONAS has helped to set up schools, institutions of higher learning, dormitories and technical colleges to improve access to education. At the community level, various programmes have been launched to stimulate interest and improve efficiency in the field of STEM.
For Teachers, by Teachers
In our quest to continuously stimulate interest in STEM, we have introduced Duta Guru, a programme designed to develop “educreators” as we believe teachers play a key role in improving a student’s interest and competency in STEM.
The programme is aimed at upskilling 4,500 teachers in higher order thinking skills (HOTS) through the application of 21st century learning techniques in the delivery of STEM to the students by 2030. It involves teachers from lower secondary schools, with a focus on those where majority of the students come from B40 families.
Organised in partnership with the Ministry of Education, through Pusat STEM Negara and PETROSAINS, Duta Guru is a programme for the teachers by the teachers in that they will be co-creating content, be part of a community and become peer coaches as they collaborate to deliver lesson plans which imbue HOTS.
Through Duta Guru, teachers will have access to curriculum and pedagogical resources to strengthen their teaching career, and also inspire them to create a peer-led culture of excellence wherein teachers mentor one another, develop and share best practices.
Passionate about Progress
As the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) arm of PETRONAS, Yayasan PETRONAS will continue PETRONAS’ efforts to bring about educational advancement. We believe that programmes that focus on teachers for the development of the community will have a strong impact on ensuring the well-being and improving the country’s global competitiveness in the future.