An Educational Leadership and Management Course was organised for about 19 educational leaders from Vietnam and Laos along with local school leaders under the Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) from Oct 24 to Nov 5 at Institut Aminuddin Baki (IAB), Genting Highlands.
The Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP) under the purview of the Foreign Ministry provides funding for Malaysia to share its expertise, experience and best practices with other developing countries under the South-South Co-operation.
The training programme included components such as Strategic Planning and Management for School Improvement, Managing Change, e-Learning, Educational Leadership: Moral Imperatives and Coaching and Mentoring.
A seminar on Sharing of Best Practices for Educational Leaders was held for sharing of knowledge and skills to help the participants to lead and implement management functions and leadership in schools as educational leaders from developing countries in the region.
According to course manager, Gerald Kochappan the two weeks of training was an exhilarating experience for the international educational leaders through the various presentations, seminar and benchmarked visits to high performance school, Sri Aman Secondary School in Petaling Jaya and leading private school, Sekolah Sri Utama Kuala Lumpur.
The course participants also met with officers at Education Ministry’s Schools Management Division in Putrajaya.
He said edutourism was included in the training programme to help promote Malaysia among the foreign participants through cultural visits to Kuala Lumpur and Malacc.
The foreign educational leaders even had the opportunity to meet the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister cum Education Minister and other leaders when they attended the national-level Deepavali celebrations held at Batu Caves.
The open house was among cultural visits to help the participants to gain a better insight into the cultural aspects of Malaysians.