Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi

KUCHING: Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) is conducting a research on a community-based learning approach for the next generation.

Its Institute of Social Informatics and Technological Innovations (Isiti) is partnering with University of Coventry, United Kingdom; University Muhammadiyah Pronogoro, Indonesia and University of Hanoi, Vietnam in the Aces project.

The project is funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)-Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

Unimas vice chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Mohamad Kadim Suaidi said the project would be led by Unimas’ researchers Dr Jacey Lynn Minoi and Dr Fitri Suraya.

“Aces project team will investigate the impact of transformative education through playful approaches and experiences towards developing social resilience.

“In alignment with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) on equitable and inclusive quality education, the project will look at developing an innovative pedagogical model.

“This is also done along with its associated programme of playful, experiential, co-creative, and participatory activities,” he said in a post on his official Facebook page on Thursday (June 25).

Kadim pointed out through the community-centred aspect of the approach, young people would be able to develop non-discipline specific capabilities that could sustain them as active life-long learners and contributors to their communities.

“In Sarawak, Unimas will execute the project with multi stakeholders, namely school teachers, state and federal government departments and agencies, as well as local community groups, in order to draw on local knowledge and experiences.

“The goal is to extend the co-creation and ownership of the educational process to the community. Hopefully, the project outcomes can be translated into policy and practice recommendations,” he said.