On the 16th of June 2016, Perak hosted its first Frog Advocates Conference.
More than 80 Frog Advocate Teachers from all over the state of Perak gathered at SMK Tambun in the outskirts of Ipoh for an entire day to get to know each other even better while trading ideas and experiences.
Organized by FrogAsia’s Regional Implementation Consultant for Perak, Mohammad Fitri Mohd Shukri, the conference was held to show appreciation to all of Perak’s Frog Advocate Teachers who have been utilizing the Frog VLE an important tool in teaching and learning.
The event was officiated by the Ketua Sektor Pengurusan Akademik (SPA), Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Perak Tuan Haji Mohd Rosli bin Ahmad who started the day with a speech where he expressed admiration and appreciation for all efforts put forth by teachers in the audience. In his opening speech, he reminded the teachers, "The future of the nation is in your hands, thus, the effort is towards students' excellence. Additionally, Malaysia's success is a reflection of your effort and perseverance."
One of the day’s highlights were sessions with keynote speaker David Gowling of FrogAsia. In his morning and afternoon sessions, David shared his knowledge on “Supporting Others Through Change” which comes as a result of his many years spent working with top universities in the United Kingdom, guiding lecturers in going through the exact same process. These sessions were made even more engaging with group activities and idea-sharing among teachers to encourage each other in using the Frog VLE more effectively in their own schools.
The day ended with a ceremony to distribute certificates to all advocate teachers who earned the rank of Gold Advocate. Gold Advocates are equipped to carry out their own training sessions with other advocate teachers.
Before leaving, everyone gathered for a photo-taking session in the school hall, and it was amazing to witness how even after a whole day of discussing change and transformation, none of the teachers seemed to be exhausted. This was testament to the ‘Perak Excellent’ culture and its devotion to transformation.