RCE Penang - 2021

INTERNATIONAL SDG CHALLENGE SCHOOL PROGRAM (Quality Education) DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A Perspective from Students through Sustainability Competition
Basic Information
Title of project : 
INTERNATIONAL SDG CHALLENGE SCHOOL PROGRAM (Quality Education) DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A Perspective from Students through Sustainability Competition
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Penang
Contributing organization(s) : 
Ministry of Education, Malaysia
Penang State Education Department
SMK Datuk Onn Butterworth, Penang
RCE Tongyeong
SMA Trensains Jombang-East Java Province-Indonesia
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Dr. Nooraida Yakob
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang
Name: 
Wan Sharipahmira Mohd Zain
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang
Name: 
Nur Syazwana Hamzah
Organizational Affiliation: 
RCE Penang
Name: 
Fasya Abdull Hamid
Organizational Affiliation: 
SMK Datuk Onn Butterworth
Format of project: 
Proposal, PowerPoint
Language of project: 
English
Date of submission:
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Malaysia
Location(s): 
Penang
Address of focal point institution for project: 
RCE Penang,
Ground Floor, Block D07, Sejahtera Tower, 11800 USM Penang
Ecosystem(s):
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
This program will feature elements of sustainable community focusing on co-curriculum activities focusing on SDG 4: Quality Education and Covid-19 pandemic. How does this pandemic affect the students in terms teaching and learning process: before, during and post Covid-19 pandemic.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Student leadership in sustainability cannot be achieved single handed by single stakeholders. Collaboration proves a strategic avenue to develop students’ leadership in SDG. Therefore, in line with the 21st century learning competencies, it is essential that students are empowered to create innovation and inventions related to sustainability. It is important that students play a leading role in SDG and share with other students around Malaysia, Korea, and Indonesia.
Contents
Status: 
Completed
Period: 
September, 2021 to October, 2021
Rationale: 
In early 2020, the world was attacked by the Covid -19 epidemic. This pandemic has changed human daily practices. It also affected the education sector. Thus, in response to Covid-19 pandemic challenges, Sejahtera Club RCE Penang in collaboration with SMK Datuk Onn Butterworth, Penang propose “INTERNATIONAL SDG CHALLENGE SCHOOL PROGRAM (Quality Education) DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A Perspective from Students through Sustainability Competition” to support the co-curriculum activities focusing on SDG 4 – Quality Education in which the aim is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
Objectives: 
•To strengthen the networking between university and schools (Malaysia, Korea, India and Indonesia) in creating and enhancing sustainability understanding through competition and smart partnership between schools.
•To create leaders who are able to transform their knowledge for a sustainable society
•To empower students to be the leaders in promoting SDGs through competition and
teamwork between students
•To share views and concerns about challenges in doing co-curriculum activity during and
post Covid-19 pandemic.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
This program will focus on Sustainability competition focusing on the co-curriculum activities, sharing knowledge and experience about SDG 4 towards the new norms of education. The program will start on 1st September to 24th September 2021 with three competitions activities between schools in four different countries. These competition activities are organized as an initiative to promote sustainability and lifelong learning between schools from different countries. The winners from these competitions will share their success story and learning experience through online program, which will be held on the 2nd October 2021. The sharing sessions will involve students from four different countries. This program has benefited the target groups, which consist of various backgrounds and also community-based.
Size of academic audience: 
500
Results: 
The project was successfully implemented on Saturday, 2nd October 2021. This program served as a platform for educators, teachers, students to share their knowledge and experience in facing this new educational challenge (post Covid-19 pandemic) especially on the co-curriculum activities to ensure the goal of SDG 4 will not have left behind. It also a hope that this collaboration will be continued through the network that has been built through this program.
Lessons learned: 
The main component in this program is sharing sessions: SDG 4 – Quality Education in which the aim is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic. This program provides a collaboration opportunity for students to share and exchange ideas on sustainability.
Key messages: 
Co-curriculum activities are very important as it balanced the curriculum activities. These activities served as reinforcement activities as students will have action on it. They practiced the sustainable concepts that is very close to students’ life experience. As such, they were very dynamic in empowering them towards SDGs and EfSD.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
RCE Penang will make this program as a flagship program among inter-RCE. This program will benefit the target groups, which consist of various backgrounds and also community-based.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 1 - End poverty in all its forms everywhere 
Indirect
SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture 
Indirect
SDG 3 - Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages 
Indirect
SDG 4 - Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all 
Direct
SDG 5 - Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls 
Indirect
SDG 6 - Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all 
Indirect
SDG 7 - Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all 
Indirect
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all 
Indirect
SDG 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation, and foster innovation 
Indirect
SDG 10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 
Indirect
SDG 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable 
Indirect
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct
SDG 13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts 
Indirect
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development 
Direct
SDG 15 - Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification and halt and reverse land degradation, and halt biodiversity loss 
Indirect
SDG 16 - Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels 
Indirect
SDG 17 - Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development 
Direct
Theme
Disaster Risk Reduction 
Indirect
Traditional Knowledge  
Indirect
Agriculture 
Indirect
Arts 
Indirect
Curriculum Development 
Indirect
Ecotourism 
Indirect
Forests/Trees 
Indirect
Plants & Animals 
Direct
Waste 
Direct
ESD for 2030-Priority Action Areas
Priority Action Area 1 - Advancing policy 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 2 - Transforming learning and training environments 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 3 - Developing capacities of educators and trainers 
state: 
Indirect
Priority Action Area 4 - Mobilizing youth 
state: 
Direct
Priority Action Area 5 - Accelerating sustainable solutions at local level 
state: 
Indirect