Tzu Chi M’sia in­ter­na­tional school to be ready in 2020

Chong: It meets Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s aca­demic cur­ricu­lum

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By LEE CHONGHUI ed­u­cate@thes­

KUALA LUMPUR: Hu­man­i­tar­ian group and NGO Tzu Chi Malaysia is build­ing its first in­ter­na­tional school.

The Tzu Chi In­ter­na­tional School Kuala Lumpur is sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2020 and will be ready for its first in­take in Jan­uary that year.

It will be an ex­ten­sion of the group’s Da Ai (Great Love) Kinder­garten, set up in Kuala Lumpur in 2007.

The school, lo­cated on a 3.1ha site in the vicin­ity of Res­i­densi Bukit Jalil, will adopt the in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Cam­bridge In­ter­na­tional Gen­eral Cer­tifi­cate of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (IGCSE) cur­ricu­lum.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon, who per­formed the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony yes­ter­day, said that be­sides aca­demics, the school would fo­cus on char­ac­ter de­vel­op­ment, as well as in­cul­cat­ing good moral and hu­man­is­tic val­ues to pave the way to suc­cess for its stu­dents.

“I be­lieve the Tzu Chi In­ter­na­tional School Kuala Lumpur will in­ject a fresh wave of vi­tal­ity into Malaysia’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” he said.

I be­lieve the Tzu Chi In­ter­na­tional School Kuala Lumpur will in­ject a fresh wave of vi­tal­ity into Malaysia’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem.

Datuk Chong Sin Woon

Chong also noted that the school met the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry’s re­quire­ments in terms of fa­cil­i­ties and aca­demic cur­ricu­lum.

Tzu Chi KL and Se­lan­gor CEO Echo Chien said the school would start tak­ing in lo­cal and for­eign stu­dents, aged be­tween four and 19, once com­pleted.

“They will be at­tend­ing classes in Man­darin, English and Ba­hasa Me­layu, al­low­ing them to be trilin­gual,” she said.

Hu­man­is­tic lessons, she added, would be con­ducted as Tzi Chi’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem em­pha­sised char­ac­ter build­ing and in­cul­cat­ing youths with the spirit of team­work, life skills and wis­dom.

“The con­struc­tion of the school is made pos­si­ble thanks to gen­er­ous do­na­tions from the pub­lic,” she told re­porters af­ter the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony.

Tai­wan Tzu Chi chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Dr Tsai Ping-Kun said the school aimed to pro­duce cul­ti­vated, knowl­edge­able and no­ble young tal­ents who would grow up to be out­stand­ing cit­i­zens of in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

Thou­sands at­tended the cer­e­mony, in­clud­ing Ber­jaya Cor­po­ra­tion Bhd founder Tan Sri Vin­cent Tan, Taipei Eco­nomic and Cul­tural Of­fice deputy rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michael S.Y. Yin and Tzu Chi Me­laka and Se­lan­gor founder David Lau.

Oth­ers present were Top Glove chair­man Tan Sri Lim Wee Chai, Nir­vana Asia Ltd founder Tan Sri Kong Hon Kong, Mah Sing Group Bhd man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tan Sri Leong Hoy Kum, CMY Cap­i­tal Group chair­man Tan Sri Chua Ma Yu, The Store Corp Bhd group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Tan Sri Tang Yeam Soon and TARCian Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive ad­vi­sor Tan Sri Barry Goh Ming Choon.

Chong (se­cond from left) lead­ing the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony of the school. In­cul­cat­ing good hu­man­is­tic val­ues:

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