Kumon Malaysia held its annual Advanced Student Forum 2019 (ASF), a platform aimed at recognising students who have successfully advanced 5 years ahead of their school grade as well as programme completers who have completed the Kumon Mathematics or English programme up to level O and L respectively. This year, 764 Kumon students from over 200 centres in Malaysia received the recognition for their exceptional performance at the Advanced Student Forum 2019 (ASF). The event was attended by over 2,400 students, parents as well as Kumon instructors. Dato' Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, Malaysia's first astronaut, was also present as the guest speaker. At the session, he shared about the challenges he faced to excel in his academics and eventually graduated as an orthopaedic surgeon and later represented Malaysia as the first astronaut.
Kumon Malaysia focuses on helping children achieve their limitless potential through the self-learning method, a method initiated in Japan more than 60 years ago, by an educator, Toru Kumon. Lessons plan are customised based on the student's ability and progress. The self-learning method, also termed as the Kumon Method, is an effective way that guides students to develop the ability to self-learn and eventually be equipped with critical skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, preparing them to be disciplined, independent and gain positive traits such as confidence and perseverance. Through this method, students from as young as four, are able to progress in Mathematics and English at a level that is comfortable and not just limited to their school-grade levels.
The 60-year old Kumon Method has stood the test of time, and has helped children in over 50 countries around the world build not only a stronger foundation towards achieving academic excellence, but also positive character building required to develop a more resilient mind that prepares them for their future.
Having enrolled my son in Kumon since he was 4 years old, I have witnessed his progress and he now has strong foundation in learning which has guided him beyond just Mathematics and English but also the right skill sets to secel in other subjects and activities beyond academics. The routine and self-learning method that Kumon has introduced him has shaped him to be more self-disciplines and confident," said Kamarul Ariffin, a Kumon parent whose son, Adam Raziq (15) has attended Kumon for over 11 years.
Since its inception in 1997, Kumon Malaysia has over 200 centres nationwide with a student database of over 33,000. In line with Kumon's mission in identifying potential in children, Kumon Malaysia targets to unveil 20 new centres over the next two years, bringing to a total of more than 220 centres by 2020.