Last school break, Closing The Gap Malaysia made their way to Taylor’s University to beat the odds!
What does this mean? Closing The Gap (CTG) Malaysia is an organisation who aims to improve access to higher education for young people from underrepresented backgrounds. They provide support for post-schooling options for their esteemed Scholars, personalised mentoring and career guidance to help them achieve their fullest potential.
We honoured to be given a chance to host their Critical Thinking workshop by an established philosopher Hazman Baharom, where the scholars were challenged to practice critical reasoning (a key skill of the future- or the present). Scholars were required to disect tough articles that tackled current issues regarding the Khat controversy, Lynas, ICERD and so on. It’s amazing to see how these young people, high school and Pre-U students tried their best to apply what they’ve learnt and presented their findings in front of a crowd. It was certainly a very practical and hands on workshop where the students took away valuable lessons. Throughout, CTG also had their mentors come over, not only to guide the students through these brainy activities, but also to share their lives and build relationships.
Moreover, the scholars also had the opportunity to have a lunch chat with Dato Sri’ Nazir Razak and the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Teach For Malaysia who both shared a bit about their life learnings, ambitions, personal experiences and jobs of the future.
Following this, Nathaniel Tan and Deborah Chow from Engage Education, both committed and experienced in Education, was present to share about their life journey, tips on studying effectively and strategies to enter top universities.
To sum up, it was a heavy yet productive day for the scholars, guest speakers and mentors. CTG is making impact for the younger generation! Do find out more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/ClosingTheGapMalaysia/ and support them in any way you could!