SPARK Foundation, the Heineken Malaysia Berhad’s corporate social responsibility arm, introduced the EETP in 2012 with the aim of equipping English language teachers in rural communities with contemporary and creative teaching techniques. Teachers who participated in the EETP are provided support to conduct additional English language classes for Year 1 to Year 3 students in their respective schools, creating a fun and engaging platform that helped inspire interest in learning the language. Since EETP’s inception, SPARK Foundation has invested close to RM6 million in the programme, successfully training more than 580 educators from 300 schools in rural communities and in turn benefitted approximately 8,600 students in Malaysia.
Renuka Indrarajah, Trustee of SPARK Foundation said, “Through this programme, we give our future generations access to learning opportunities, and this can be best achieved by equipping our educators with the right skills and tools. Teachers are indeed the powerful agents of change who will mould the leaders of tomorrow.”
Based on EETP’s programme evaluations done annually, it has recorded an average of 23 percent improvement in English language proficiency amongst students from participating schools. Additionally, feedback from participating teachers have been encouraging, with all teachers acknowledging that the four integrated teaching skills approach (focused on listening, speaking, reading and writing) have helped improve the level of engagement between teachers and students.