Fam­ily of seven cre­ate his­tory at AeU

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SEVEN out of nine in a fam­ily from Sabah grad­u­ated with the same Master of Ed­u­ca­tion (MEd) de­grees from

Asia e Univer­sity (AeU).

Five of them who grad­u­ated in 2015 com­prised four sis­ters and a brother-in-law. The num­ber of AeU grad­u­ates in the fam­ily in­creased to seven when Lily @ Viva Sa­bil, 37, and her hus­band Dym­son Zeno, 34, ob­tained their MEd de­gree in 2016.

This cre­ated a new his­tory for AeU. It started from Le­siah @ Root Sa­bil, 46, who har­boured the am­bi­tion of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tor.

As the sec­ond child of the six Sa­bil sib­lings who are all teach­ers, Le­siah teaches in the Na­tional School Bongkud, Ranau.

The only ob­sta­cle to her am­bi­tion was the ab­sence of suit­able higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions near her res­i­dence.

The near­est full-time learn­ing cen­tre to her home is lo­cated about 110km in Kota Kin­a­balu, Sabah.

Le­siah’s long-awaited dream came true when AeU ex­panded its net­work of ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices cen­tres from all states in penin­su­lar Malaysia to Sabah and Sarawak in 2012.

She re­ceived in­for­ma­tion about AeU through word of mouth from her friends, teach­ers and also through her own read­ing of AeU ar­ti­cles in the news­pa­pers.

A mother of five, Le­siah was de­ter­mined to con­tinue her stud­ies in AeU’s Master of Ed­u­ca­tion (MEd) pro­gramme.

When Le­siah shared her as­pi­ra­tions and in­ten­tions with her fam­ily, all her sib­lings and two brothers-in-law who are also teach­ers were in­spired by her.

In to­tal, nine mem­bers of the fam­ily were reg­is­tered as stu­dents of AeU.

Eight of them en­rolled for the MEd pro­grammes on Jan 20, 2014 – Le­siah and her hus­band Fred P. Jau­mis, Rosline, Rosie and her hus­band Ed­mond St Caro­lus, Lily and her hus­band Dym­son Zeno and Jane.

Only the el­dest brother, Juin Sa­bil, was reg­is­tered in Septem­ber 2013 and is cur­rently pur­su­ing his Bach­e­lor of Ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme in AeU.

“It was fun study­ing to­gether when my sib­lings and I share a com­mon in­ter­est in ed­u­ca­tion. Learn­ing to­gether made it eas­ier for us be­cause we can com­plete tasks, re­vise and at­tend classes to­gether. We ac­tu­ally gained more in terms of knowl­edge and skills af­ter at­tend­ing AeU’s MEd pro­gramme,” said Le­siah.

Although the sis­ters and their spouses worked in three dif­fer­ent schools, they did not en­counter any dif­fi­cul­ties in meet­ing their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at work.

The blended learn­ing method­ol­ogy of­fered by AeU was ac­ces­si­ble any­where any­time, which gave them the flex­i­bil­ity to at­tend class sched­ules held only on week­ends.

With proper time man­age­ment, they were able to cope with their work com­mit­ments and stud­ies and be­lieved they can achieve

Learn­ing to­gether made it eas­ier for us be­cause we can com­plete tasks, re­vise and at­tend classes to­gether. We ac­tu­ally gained more in terms of knowl­edge and skills af­ter at­tend­ing AeU’s MEd pro­gramme.

their goals of life­long learn­ing.

“Learn­ing ma­te­ri­als were eas­ily avail­able on­line and the use of AeU’s new tech­nol­ogy con­tin­u­ously made the learn­ing process eas­ier and cheaper,” said Jane, the youngest among the four sis­ters.

Through the blended learn­ing meth­ods, stu­dents can ac­quire study notes through the stu­dent por­tal, known as My Per­son­alised Learn­ing Space or myPLS.

Classes are held on week­ends once a month in strate­gic learn­ing cen­tres within close prox­im­ity to the stu­dents.

In­ter­ac­tions with aca­demic fa­cil­i­ta­tors are con­ducted on­line in ac­cor­dance with the sched­ule agreed by both fa­cil­i­ta­tors and stu­dents.

Within five semesters of their stud­ies, their hard work paid off when five fam­ily mem­bers passed their ex­ams and at­tended their grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony at AeU’s fifth con­vo­ca­tion.

Lily and her hus­band once again cre­ated his­tory for AeU, as this was the first time seven fam­ily mem­bers grad­u­ated with the same MEd de­gree.

It clearly shows their in­ter­est and com­mit­ment to the teach­ing pro­fes­sion and that the pur­suit of higher ed­u­ca­tion is highly re­garded and re­spected by the so­ci­ety.

“My mother and late fa­ther were the key in­flu­ences be­hind our suc­cess. They not only sup­ported and helped us fi­nan­cially to re­alise our dream of be­com­ing a teacher, but con­stantly en­cour­aged and gave us moral sup­port and bless­ings,” said Rosie.

“Be­sides us, there are two brothers who are cur­rent stu­dents of AeU. We all chose AeU be­cause it met our re­quire­ments in

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(From left) Ed­mond, Le­siah, Rosie, Jane and Ros­aline were the five fam­ily mem­bers who grad­u­ated with the same Master of Ed­u­ca­tion (MEd) de­grees from AeU.

Lily @ Viva Sa­bil and her hus­band Dym­son Zeno.

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