18 October 2013
Free Access to World-Class Knowledge
A HIT: The second installment of Iskandar Learning Festival from Oct 7 to 13 drew positive response from participants
JOHOR BARU: "I'm keen to take advantage of the Iskandar Learning Festival (ILF 2013) so that I can apply what I learnt in my family," said Lee Ee Khuan, a homemaker and mother-of-three.
Lee was at the So You Think You Can Speak! module to learn to speak better and more confidently. Three days later, she attended the Grooming for Success module with her teenage daughter to pick up tips on poise, personal grooming and presentation.
Lee was among hundreds of participants from a wide spectrum of people in the Iskandar Malaysia community who benefited from the experience and expertise of facilitators in the seven-day learning and development festival.
After the resounding success of the inaugural ILF last November, the second ILF from Oct 7 to 13 was jointly organised by social enterprise ILFPro and the Junior Chambers International (JCI) Johor Baru.
The primary aim of the ILF is to provide everyone in the community with access to world-class learning and content, completely free-of-charge, and to help spark a mindset change in them in the pursuit of human capital excellence.
It also aims to promote continuous learning and global understanding through cross-cultural and inter-generational exchange.
With limited seats in each training module, interested participants were asked to register online at www.ilf2013.com to attend the various sessions in the week-long learning festival held at two venues -- the Berjaya Waterfront Hotel in Stulang Laut and the Iskandar Malaysia Information Centre in Danga Bay.
Only the Health, Safety & Environment talk facilitated by representatives from Lafarge Malaysia Bhd was held in the school hall of SMK (P) Sultan Ibrahim (SIGS) with their Standard Six students.
The ILF was envisioned as a project to demonstrate the effective public, private and community partnerships that exists in Iskandar Malaysia.
Through training organisations, the private sector will impart their content on a pro bono basis and provide corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds to help defray costs while NGOs representing the community will contribute by providing manpower to run the event.
The public in the Iskandar Malaysia community are ultimately the beneficiaries of this community-led project.
The idea for this unique project was born when stakeholders representing the public, private and community sectors met in 2011 for a 2-day workshop to help develop the Iskandar Malaysia Sustainability Framework model, a big picture look at social responsibility in Iskandar Malaysia.
As a result of this workshop, six collaborative projects were identified as a demonstration of the effective partnership towards social development and a declaration of support was signed by the stakeholders.
One of the six projects is the ILF and ILFPro, a social enterprise focused on learning and development was activated to provide community solutions as part of a larger social innovation strategy for the Iskandar Malaysia community.
The ILF 2013 schedule of daily events comprised a programme that featured various talks, seminars, workshops and forums organised for a wide spectrum of people that ranged from students to adults.
Among the second-time facilitators in the festival were Lim Teck Hoe, the 2002 World Memory Champion, Names & Faces Event Silver Medalist who conducted The Memory Through Cr8tivity workshop and social entrepreneur, Faroze Nadar, who shared his knowledge in the Strategic Management Workshop for NGOs.
Some of the new events included a Scenario Planning Workshop by Malaysia Foresight Institute, a Managing Debt Seminar by the Credit Counseling and Management Agency, and a forum on Responsible Citizenry facilitated by Yayasan 1Malaysia chairman Dr Chandra Muzaffar.
Befrienders Johor Baru training director Sim Ah Moi, who was a participant in the Strategic Management Workshop for NGOs, said it was timely for her to learn about the After Action Review because she can apply this method of constructive review with the organising committee of their annual fundraising dinner.
Another participant, Teng Yu Ching from Malaysia Nature Society Johor Baru, agreed that it was necessary for the management to communicate and share their vision with all members.
The success of the festival can be ascertained by positive comments from participants and their gratitude for free access to formal, quality training.
"We are proud to be co-sponsors of this festival as it is in line with Lafarge's belief that continuous learning is a key lever for people development. Health, safety and the environment are high priority areas for Lafarge and we hope that we will be able to share some of our best practices with the participants," said Lafarge Malaysia president and CEO Bradley Mulroney.
The strategic partners for ILF 2013 include Scope Group Asia, Malaysia Learning & Development Association (MyLead), Kerjaya Sukses and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.
This project was sponsored by UM Land Bhd, Lafarge Malaysia Bhd and Johor Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry and supported by the Johor State Government and Iskandar Regional Development Authority.