ST GEORGE'S GIRLS' SCHOOL EXPERIENTIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION PROGRAMME(SEEEP)
St George's Girls' School (MALAYSIA)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain
Abstract:The purpose of carrying out the St.George’s Girls’ School (SGGS) Experiential Entrepreneurship Education Programme (SEEEP) was to enable a quality teaching and learning process to be enhanced and incorporated through effective and innovative advancements particularly in the teaching and learning of Living Skills and Mathematics at the lower secondary and Economics, Mathematics, Accounts and Business Management at the higher level. This project enables our students to transfer their knowledge of commercial subjects and information communication technology onto developing entrepreneurship skills in running the School Cooperative. These skills help the students move onto being entrepreneurs after their tertiary studies as they need not confine themselves to the limited conventional job market.
One of the motivating factors that complement this aspiration is the Educational Development Plan itself whereby students’ holistic development to meet the challenges of globalization for the real world preceded academic achievements and paper qualifications.
As SGGS has the advantage of high-achiever student population, this programme was deemed suitable, enterprising and stimulating for both SGGS teachers and students. Transformation was seen as a timely opportunity to advance in line with the vision and mission of the school to become an exceptional institution of education in the ASEAN region.
Thus, a long term sustainable education programme based on experiential learning was initiated with teachers being the main mentor for the experiential entrepreneurship education programme and involvement of the private sector is also deemed important. As a result, students became more eloquent through student-based activities and took charge of event management and planning. Under the tourism plan, visitors from abroad (USA, China, India, Taiwan, and ASEAN countries) were all hosted by students. It was gratifying to see them make the presentation with such good confidence in public speaking. Their training in the tourism sector was also put into practice. They skillfully organized tours and guided visitors during the Heritage Tour. All these contributed to the achievement of projected social skill outcomes of the SEEEP.
SGGS Experiential Entrepreneurship Education Programme (SEEEP) proved to set a new paradigm shift in the process of teaching and learning particular subjects. As such, it is our hope that this programme will be further escalated into other areas of teaching and student development. We take great pride in being the sole school in northern region to have its own cafeteria that is totally manned by students and independently generating its own income. Teaching as a continuous process has been further enhanced with the implementation of this SEEEP and we believe that superior teachers and excellent future leaders can be churned out from our own (SEEEP). We believe the government’s intention of producing graduates capable of taking up the challenge of being an entrepreneur is right here in SGGS and we will work consistently to achieve this.