PUTRAJAYA – January 8, 2018: Students from 10 schools in Selangor have been chosen for a peer-to-peer marginalised students empowerment project.
The students in the ‘Ace It Easy’ (AIE) pilot project are from SMK Serendah, SMK Kuala Selangor, SMK Kalumpang, SMK La Salle Petaling Jaya, SMK Kota Kemuning, SMK Kampung Soeharto, SMK Bandar Baru Batang Kali, SMK Dato’ Haji Kamaruddin, SMK Seri Garing and SMK Assunta.
Deputy Education Minister I Datuk P. Kamalanathan, who launched the four-month project today, said its aim is to inspire problematic students finish schooling by engaging them with their high achieving peers from the Ascendance Team.
Ascendance Team, the inventor of AIE, is an event management company managed by four millennials aged 15 to 21 years old who specialise in conducting awareness-based and motivational programmes for youths.
“Who can relate to the students better than students themselves? The project also touches on the holistic development of a child along intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical dimensions as reflected in the National Education Philosophy,” said Kamalanathan.
The findings of the AIE will be submitted to teachers so that they can plan the best approach to help those selected for the project.
Ascendance Team leader Mathura Kannan, 20, who is an accountancy student of Sunway University, said her team will be going to a different school each week to engage students.
The schools have submitted the dossiers on every participating student.
“We are very much informed about the background of these students and we have also prepared specifically tailored modules to engage them,” she said, adding that the number of participating students vary from school to school.
According to her, the AIE will be conducted through the sharing of personal experiences, games and other activities conducted by the young trainers in Ascendance.