Eco-Schools Programme Embraces Students with Special Education Needs in Malaysia

TEMERLOH – The Eco-Schools programme in Malaysia is making strides in inclusivity by acknowledging and supporting students with special education needs, Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek announced. The programme offers tailored interventions based on the functionality and support requirements of these students.

According to BERNAMA News Agency, Fadhlina highlighted the significance of the programme in augmenting the national education ecosystem and ensuring equitable opportunities for all students. She emphasized the importance of protecting and empowering the rights of students with special education needs, as they, too, are entitled to quality education. This move is seen as a crucial step in reducing the dropout rate among these students.

The minister’s speech was delivered by her deputy Lim Hui Ying at the opening ceremony of the Eco-Schools Malaysia and Greening Education Partnership (GEP) Roadmap 2030 at the Integrated Fully Residential School (SBPI) Temerloh. The event was graced by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, with His Majesty’s daughter Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Ilyana serving as the royal patron of Eco-Schools Pahang. Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail was also in attendance.

Additionally, Fadhlina mentioned that the Eco-Schools programme integrates elements of inquiry-based learning and youth leadership. This approach aligns with the national education philosophy, aiming to nurture a competent and capable generation of educators. The eco-school methodology focuses on curriculum integration, incorporating environmental education elements into the national learning syllabus to enhance student engagement and learning.

The programme also provides access to quality educational resources from the Foundation for Environmental Education’s global database, along with international networks and connections from over 95 countries.