It is a remarkable milestone in the history of outstanding education programme for Garden International School (GIS) as it has been shortlisted for the British International School Initiative of the Year category of the TES Independent School Awards 2016. Garden International School is the only school in South East Asia to get shortlisted for this prestigious award.
The British International School Initiative of the Year nomination is a recognition of GIS outstanding strategic achievement through the unique and innovative Large-Scale Enquiry Programme.
Led by James Wellings, GIS director of Innovative Learning, alongside a group of visionary and socially engaged educators, the award is a solid testament of the implementation and integration of a strong component of ethical world-changing education in the traditional curriculum.
This pedagogy of ethical, visionary, technologically-supported, entrepreneurship is demonstrated through a five-day large scale socially-oriented enquiry event carried out in the school annually. Students aged from seven to fourteen work in a team of three or four to address one of the 17 UN global goals by creating an entrepreneurial solution which would be actionable by children of their age.
The programme has become an Apple Distinguished Program, and GIS published an iBook based on flexible learning and large-scale enquiry. The programme has inspired a large action based research project led by Apple with six schools in Asia.
The implementation of this innovative learning programme has also won GIS the Innovative Learning Program Award by 21st Century Learning. Beating entries from 26 countries, GIS is the only school in Malaysia to have received the Global Innovation Awards 2016 which recognise those who demonstrate exemplary values and best practice in teaching and learning in 21st Century schools.
Results will be announced during the awards dinner and ceremony will take place on Friday 25 November in London.