The 2023 National Education & Learning Summit (NELS) is an annual gathering of veterans in the art of teaching for a day long series of discussions to debate the state of Malaysian education. Issues and topics surrounding education are wide ranging, its stakeholders consist of each human being alive - young and old. As such, this year’s NELS topics have been handpicked with an eye on the future with sessions topics posturing on Malaysia’s readiness for an education ecosystem that accounts for rapid changes in an ever-changing digital world and increasingly competitive environment.
The Summit will see a gathering of educationalists, education service providers, policy makers, and education experts who are keen on finding ways to ensure positive change to Malaysia’s education system. Participants of the Summit are given opportunities to learn and become aware of new developments in the various fields of education, allowing them to incorporate ideas into their own areas of practice, thus improving the quality of education. Feedback from these sessions will enable policy makers to craft new effective strategies taking account of creating an Industry 4.0 compliant workforce. The event will also provide a platform for multilateral exchange between the stakeholders of education for future ventures.
NELS 2023 will feature parallel sessions to allow speakers to dive deeper into the three main streams of education – early childhood education, TVET, and higher education, allowing for more meaningful discussion.
Welcome Addresses, Special Keynote Address, Presentation of Sponsor Momentoes, Conferment of Awards, and Group Photography.
Education, in its very nature, is in a constant state of change. Learning content and teaching methods evolve over time as better and more effective ways are introduced for the benefit of producing more knowledgeable and critical thinking students. To facilitate these developments, the right policies need to be in place taking account of the digital environment that will change the future of work, the mental health of students and educators, appropriate workloads, as well as taking account of fulfilling the needs of all forms of education from higher education, primary and secondary, early childhood, TVET, special needs, life-long learning and so on. These strategies also need to ensure education is universal and accessible to all living in the country. This session will look into crucial questions on the necessary changes that are still needed to bring about positive change, strengthening current best practices and curriculum, and reviewing and learning from policies that have not worked. Are the Malaysian Education Blueprint and Higher Education Blueprint still in effect? Is a new blueprint needed to take the country forward? Is feedback from various industries
Educationists are always looking for new innovative ways of teaching, but often struggle to design something new. The search is not only for what works but interesting for students. This session showcases new ideas implemented and tested by various education institutions not only in the delivery of formal education but also in non-academic forms of learning to meet the needs of students and staff.
On the surface, one may not immediately link education to politics in the same way as the economy. However, education priorities are a major feature on the manifestos of all political parties presenting their strategies they would implement should they form the government. There are matters surrounding policy such as student fees and loans, the funding of HEIs, greater autonomy, and the overall direction for higher education which were highly emphasised in the last general elections. This session provides an opportunity for HEIs to discuss the policy impacts the new government has had on their institutions and a chance to provide feedback. What wish list do higher education institutions have for the Unity Government?
The right to education is enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – at least for the elementary and fundamental stages. While there are far higher enrolments for elementary/primary, secondary, and tertiary education, this is not yet the case for early childhood education due to financial challenges faced by parents and the lack of resources, particularly for B40 families. While there are avenues for affordable and even cost-free early childhood education, the scale of such access remains questionable. In this session, we will learn ways how stakeholders of ECE – the government, members of the community, private sector, and civil society have been able to provide affordable solutions to allow access to ECE to those who would otherwise have been unable to afford it. Yet, having access to ECE alone is not enough – there needs to be an assurance of the provision of good quality ECE. How does one ensure quality education in early childhood education? What are some examples of best practices used to uphold standards that are being practiced by ECE providers? Are there sufficient trained and qualified ECE teachers? Are teachers paid enough?
TVET has gained greater focus in recent times and efforts have been taken to promote higher enrolments to meet the needs of industry due to its growing importance. Despite these efforts, TVET uptake is still relatively low compared to other industrialised countries. Digitalisation continues to impact the way education is conducted and received, with those refusing to adapt being left being. TVET is no exception and is equally vulnerable to these changes, especially when one includes competition across borders. In this session, Speakers of this session will discuss ways to turn TVET into an education stream of choice and seen as a viable career pathway, as well as discuss strategies being undertaken to ensure Malaysia TVET is up to par and meeting global digital and technical standards.