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Empowering young women from within

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

I USED to think that achieving my dreams was impossible, but with the scholarship, I can now study without worrying about financial constraints,” said Nur Shafiqa Zulkefli, a recipient for the Fair & Lovely Scholarship 2017.

Nur Shafiqa was among the lucky 40 deserving young women who are currently enrolled in diploma and degree studies at local public universities.

She said the scholarship will help ease her family’s burden.

Fair & Lovely, for the second year now, gave away RM200,000 worth of scholarships in its initiative to transform and inspire the lives of women through education, beauty and confidence.

Each recipient received RM5,000 as funding to assist with necessities such as tuition fees and books.

This year, 12,044 students from 23 universities applied for the scholarship, a rising rate of 50 per cent compared to 8,000 applications last year.

“We aspire to serve as a brand that does not champion only the beauty and confidence of women, but also their dreams and educational opportunities. With the increase in cost of living, many students face financial barriers,” said Unilever (Malaysia) Holding Sdn Bhd’s Fair & Lovely brand manager Callista Fernandez.

“Hence, this scholarship will specifically provide the opportunity for women to further their education without worry.”

Fair & Lovely’s brand promise is to enable all women to carve out their own destiny by empowering them with inner strength and confidence that comes from feeling good about their visible, clear fairness.

“To further boost their confidence, we also had a surprise grooming and skincare education. Confidence is one of the most important elements in achieving success and being able to carry themselves well will boost one’s self-confidence.”

“We want to push these young women to greater heights and believe that dreams do come true when you start believing in yourself,” added Fernandez.

The students that were shortlisted from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) and Universiti Tun Hussein Onn (UTHM) must obtain a minimum of 3.0 grade point average (GPA) apart from being actively involved in co-curricular activities.

Daiyan Trisha sharing the joy with some of the scholarship recipients. Pix by Nik Hariff Hassan

Nabila Ali, 21, a second-year Oil & Gas Engineering degree student at UiTM Shah Alam, said the scholarship would be motivation for her to study even harder and help ease her family’s burden.

“I grew up in Sabah and I am the seventh out of 10 siblings. My mother is self-employed and has to raise my younger siblings. We are not from a rich family, hence I have to use money wisely. Now I can keep a little bit for my flight tickets for whenever I want to see them,” she said.

Nabila is active in various sports clubs and associations in university.

Nur Nadiah Abdul Jalil, 22, said she first heard about the scholarship during the orientation programme at her university.

“I didn’t feel confident at all but thought, why not. Armed with my good academic results and active participation in co-curricular activities, I wrote an essay entitled ‘Why we are among the chosen ones?’.”

“This scholarship will help me to buy textbooks,” said Nur Nadiah, a first year student in Degree in Civil and Building Services at UTHM.

Wan Nur Aqilah Wan Yusof, 20, from Kuala Terengganu said the scholarship opens the door for her to continue striving hard.

by Zulita Mustafa.

Read more @ https://www.nst.com.my/education/2017/06/246610/empowering-young-women-within

Syed Faizuddin Advises Students Not To Easily Give Up

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

DHAKA, Jan 14 (Bernama) — The Raja Muda of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Faizuddin Putra Jamalullail urged students not to easily give up, but to be strong and determined when faced with a big challenge.

He said they should also be innovative, hardworking and adhere to the principle that “nothing is impossible in ordinary life”.

“Impossible is only impossible until someone does it for the first time, then it is no longer impossible. Once upon a time, people believed that our world was flat and square until somebody travelled around the globe to prove otherwise.”

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin said this in his keynote address at the 5th convocation of Daffodil International University (DIU), here, yesterday.

“The degree in your hand will be an excellent springboard to launch your career and your life. Therefore, it is imperative to plan your career carefully so as to give the best impact not only to yourself but your family, community, and ultimately the nation and Islam,” he added.

He also asked Bangladesh students to look at the education system of Malaysia and take advantage of what could be learnt there.

Tuanku Syed Faizuddin, who is also the chancellor of Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), said Malaysia was initiating many approaches in order to keep up with the changing world and current needs which would generate a well-structured development of higher education.

“Students in Malaysia can choose to either study in locally-run programmes or twinning academic programmes, or take up vocational technical or skills training,” he said.

A total of 3,682 graduands of DIU received their degrees at its permanent campus in Savar, Dhaka, including 785, their master’s degree.

by Adnan Jahaya

BERNAMA.

Read more @ http://education.bernama.com/index.php?sid=news_content&id=1206981

Is Praise Undermining Student Motivation?

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

We think of praise as a good thing, even admirable. Don’t we praise our kids when they show us the drawing that they made in art class? To be anti-praise is almost like being anti-good person. We praise others in order to motivate them to improve achievement, as well as increase self-esteem. What can possibly be wrong with that?

The failure of praise
Research has found that praise can actually undermine performance and self-esteem in many contexts. One study found that praise for intelligence leads to the belief by the recipient that their intelligence is fixed, and thus not something that they can influence through action or effort (Dweck, 2007). This is critical because intelligence is in fact malleable, and improved by taking risks. Students grow when they try something difficult that might lead to failure. Because failure is one of the most important tools for learning, growth requires a mindset that embraces challenge and the potential for failure.

But students who are praised for intelligence do not seek challenges. When given the option of trying a difficult task that could lead to failure and growth, or an easy one that will not risk failure but produce no growth, those offered praise for their intelligence tend to choose the latter, thus undermining their growth. Worst yet, when forced to do a difficult problem they will quickly give up if failure appears on the horizon (Dweck, 2007).

by John Orlando, PhD

Read more @ http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/educational-assessment/praise-undermining-student-motivation/#sthash.l75Mysfn.dpuf

Dr M: Fear of shame a driving force for success

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

IPOH: The fear of being shamed can be a driving force for success, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The former prime minister said he observed this from the Japanese and was inspired to introduce his Look East policy in Malaysia during his tenure.

“Back in the old days, the term harakiri was familiar to most Japanese, who committed suicide because of serious offences that brought shame to them.

“In modern times, this strong sense of shame pushes them to develop their country well and to deliver their very best in every endeavour. This quality, if emulated by students and adults in Malaysia, can lead our country to success and prosperity,” he said in his keynote address as the chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Petronas (UTP) at its 14th convocation at Seri Iskandar, near here, yesterday.

He encouraged the 1,278 graduates to cultivate similar values as the Japanese to live up to the expectations of their loved ones.

“Education is not available for everyone. Some countries do not have enough schools and facilities to accommodate this need while some provide an abundance of institutions and scholarships,” said Dr Mahathir.

“University students should feel grateful that they are given the chance to pursue their studies and, in turn, they should strive to give back to society,” he said.

Dr Mahathir handed out scrolls to all graduates and trophies to special award recipients.

by  AMANDA YEAP

Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/20/Dr-M-Fear-of-shame-a-driving-force-for-success/

Empty pockets, full lives

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

One per cent of the global population are immensely wealthy. However we should not envy them and instead reflect on how those who are not rich are happy with their lives.

I WAS in the doctor’s waiting room last week and browsing through some old magazines.

There was one magazine on the movers and shakers of society that caught my attention because it reported on two events, held separately, for the owners of two marque car models.

There is no need to mention the brands but suffice to say that all of us, the men especially, have a secret desire to be able to own one of these cars one day.

Reading both reports, I was surprised that there are actually more owners of such cars in Malaysia than I thought.

At one of the events, more than 1,000 owners showed up, and that’s not counting the many who probably won’t join such clubs because of privacy concerns.

One is tempted to say, when reading such news, “Ah, that’s how the other half lives.”

Indeed, we can probably come out with a slew of examples about how these people have huge mansions, go on expensive holidays, and do not even pause for a moment before they upgrade to the latest smartphone model.

But have you ever thought about how the other “other half” lives?

Let us not forget that globally, 1% of the population accounts for almost half of global wealth. And, even here in Malaysia, the social structure is like a pyramid and rather than compare with the few at its tip, it is better to look at the bigger mass at the base.

That’s the “other half” I am talking about.

So while it may be natural to envy those with much, it is much more constructive to be thankful for the day-to-day blessings in our life that may not even be available to a greater number of people.

I know a woman who has had little formal education and so cannot find a job in an office, even as a receptionist, so she has spent most of her life being a cleaning lady.

Every day, she travels a long way to attend to two homes. She cleans the houses, irons the clothes, and cooks delicious meals for the two families.

Her monthly income, technically speaking, is below the po­­verty line. But she is one of the most contented and thankful persons I know.

Ironically, many people who drive expensive cars are actually quite poor.

by SOO EWE JIN.

Read more @ http://www.thestar.com.my/Opinion/Columnists/Sunday-Starters/Profile/Articles/2014/10/05/Empty-pockets-full-lives-One-per-cent-of-the-global-population-are-immensely-wealthy-However-we-shou/

A Wonderful Poster on Failure.

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

I have always believed that teachers (and people in general) MUST have an open mindset; one that tolerates and celebrates mistakes and errors; one that looks at failure as an opportunity for a better beginning. It is through falling down that we stand up robust and it is through misfortunes that we gather our strength to live the life we want and pursue our dreams.

If we want to raise up socially and  emotionally strong students who can face up and overcome  the hardships of life, an important key to this is to teach (and model) them about failure. We need to show them that failure is a healthy sign and a good omen for a healthy life experience. They need to view failure as an attempt for deep reflection and meditation about what worked or did not work. They also need to be reminded that failure has been a common denominator behind most of the historical achievements and inventions in the history of humankind.

At 30 years old, Steve Jobs was left devastated and depressed after being removed from the company he started. Few years after this,  Steve came back stronger than ever and spearheaded a team of engineers to create and launch a series of hand-held devices (iPod, iPhone, iPad) that transformed the mobile technology and human life forever. Steve Jobs is only one example among many that shows how failure can be the impetus for  groundbreaking achievements.

This awesome visual from themetapicture features other examples of popular figures who built their fame and achievement through failure. Share this visual with students and inspire them to never give up their dreams.

team work

Read more @ http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/07/a-wonderful-poster-about-failure.html

Motivating Yourself to Study

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

If you find that you lack motivation to study, welcome to the club. Just about every student experiences this problem at one time or another.

Motivation is important for good studying. When you are motivated, you will find it easy to stay focused over a period of time. When you are not motivated, you will not only find it difficult to stay focused, but you will find it difficult to get started in the first place.

Here are some ways to increase your motivation to study.

  1. Reward yourself for studying. For example, after a successful study session, have a treat like a nice big ice cream cone. Go crazy and add some cherries and nuts.
  2. Study with your friends. Don’t make it party time, but you can have fun as you do this.
  3. Remind yourself of your long-term goals. Achievement of your goals likely requires educational success. Educational success requires studying.
  4. Eliminate distractions. If you are surrounded by things you would rather do than study, you will probably do those things instead of studying.
  5. Develop interest in what you have to study. This will make studying more enjoyable.
  6. Take breaks. When you feel that you need to take a break, try to stop at a point where it is logical to stop. This will make it easier for you to resume studying after your break.
  7. Establish a comfortable environment. You will be more inclined to study if you feel comfortable.
  8. Establish reasonable goals for a study session. You probably won’t get very far if you look at your study session as “mission impossible.”
  9. Use a motivational poster. Place the poster where you can see it as you study. The poster should include positive words and a picture depicting success. You can buy one or even make your own. You can also read inspirational stories about real people who have achieved success through effort.
  10. Just do it. Once you do, you will feel a lot better than if you are worried about getting it done.

Read more @ http://www.how-to-study.com/study-skills-articles/motivating-yourself-to-study.asp

5 Ways to make your kids enjoy homework

Monday, August 11th, 2014

There has recently been  some heated debates within the education circles on the efficacy of assigning  kids homework. Those who are against kids homework argue that off school time is time for play-related psycho motor development that kids inherently require; pro-kids homework contend that engaging kids in school-related work while at home enhances kids cognitive skills and sustains that connection of school/home intact. I personally view homework as a necessary part of kids intellectual growth and a needed element for kids overall scholarly preparedness. However, homework is not always celebrated by kids and most of them shun away from it blaming it for stealing away  their allotted play time.

To make homework fun for kids, Splash Math has these 5 tips to share with you.

1- Magical Motivators
Use incentives to get your children to do their homework without a fight. Small snack, stickers, iPad time or toys work well for younger children.

2- Write it for them
No, that doesn’t mean do it for them. It might seem counter-intuitive, but if you mix up the routine, and have your child dictate the answers to you, they will be a lot more interested in the actual subject material.

3- Learning apps
Fun math practice apps can be a great resource for visual examples and games that help your child practice concepts he is struggling with.

4- Get a Homewrok Buddy

Turn homework into a play date. Have your child invite a friend over and encourage them to do their homework together. Make sure you lay down a few rules ahead of time.

5- Don’t take it it Too serious
There are more important things in life than homework and grades. Too much emphasis on grades can destroy your child’s love of learning and devalue relationships.

Read more @http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/08/5-ways-to-make-kids-enjoy-homework.html

27 Strategies to motivate students in class.

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Looking for ways to motivate your students? Mia from Anethicalisland has 27 strategies for you to use in class to get your students motivated.These strategies cover both types of motivation: intrinsic motivation (an inner drive to engage in an activity for its own sake because it is interesting and satisfying in itself), and extrinsic ( a drive to engage in an activity because of a reward to engage in the activity or a punishment for not engaging). Check them out below and share with us what you think of them.

motivate students

Read more @ http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/07/27-strategies-to-motivate-students-in.html

Strategies for Motivating Students

Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Following are some research-based strategies for motivating students to learn.

  • Become a role model for student interest. Deliver your presentations with energy and enthusiasm.  As a display of your motivation, your passion motivates your students. Make the course personal, showing why you are interested in the material.
  • Get to know your students. You will be able to better tailor your instruction to the students’ concerns and backgrounds, and your personal interest in them will inspire their personal loyalty to you. Display a strong interest in students’ learning and a faith in their abilities.
  • Use examples freely. Many students want to be shown why a concept or technique is useful before they want to study it further. Inform students about how your course prepares students for future opportunities.
  • Use a variety of student-active teaching activities. These activities directly engage students in the material and give them opportunities to achieve a level of mastery.
    • Teach by discovery.  Students find as satisfying as reasoning through a problem and discovering the underlying principle on their own.
    • Cooperative learning activities are particularly effective as they also provide positive social pressure.
  • Set realistic performance goals and help students achieve them by encouraging them to set their own reasonable goals. Design assignments that are appropriately challenging in view of the experience and aptitude of the class.
  • Place appropriate emphasis on testing and grading. Tests should be a means of showing what students have mastered, not what they have not. Avoid grading on the curve and give everyone the opportunity to achieve the highest standard and grades.
  • Be free with praise and constructive in criticism. Negative comments should pertain to particular performances, not the performer. Offer nonjudgmental feedback on students’ work, stress opportunities to improve, look for ways to stimulate advancement, and avoid dividing students into sheep and goats.
  • Give students as much control over their own education as possible. Let students choose paper and project topics that interest them. Assess them in a variety of ways (tests, papers, projects, presentations, etc.) to give students more control over how they show their understanding to you. Give students options for how these assignments are weighted.

Read more @ http://cft.vanderbilt.edu/guides-sub-pages/motivating-students/