Frog honoured as finalist in World-Good category
Frog honoured as finalist in World-Good category of 2013 Computerworld Awards for transforming teaching and learning in Malaysia
Frog, the UK’s leading learning platform provider, has been named as a finalist in the World-Good category of Computerworld magazine’s 2013 Honors programme in America for its work on a multi-million pound project to transform teaching and learning throughout Malaysia.
The prestigious Honors programme, now in its 25thyear, recognizes organisations using information technology to promote and advance public welfare, benefit society and business and change the world for the better. The World-Good category recognises organisations for the design and development of technologies that have played a major role in supporting social good in the face of world-changing events.
In an especially competitive year for the awards, Frog’s case study detailing its work to help establish Malaysia as a model of excellence in integrated, internet-enabled learning was selected from more than 700 nominations to become one of 269 ‘Laureates’ from 29 countries.
Frog’s contract was part of the Malaysian government’s 1BestariNet project to provide every one of the country’s 10,000 state schools and 10 million users with 4G connectivity to Frog's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – an internet operating system that gives students and teachers virtual access to education resources such as lesson plans, tests and worksheets. In this way Frog creates a level educational playing field, allowing every child equal access to the same technology and high quality resources and content, regardless of their abilities and any geographical or socio-economic barriers. The system also raises teaching standards by supporting collaboration between high and low performing schools, sharing best teaching methods and resources.
This will have a significant impact on social mobility for a generation of children as a good education can lead to better jobs, health and overall improved quality of life.
Frog was selected as a ‘Laureate’ after a rigorous application and review process undertaken by a panel of 22 judges, including IT executives and Computerworld editors. They were impressed by the humanitarian benefits of the Frog project and the measurable results of applying the technology to meet Malaysia’s specific social and business needs.
At an awards ceremony in Washington D. C. on June 3, Frog will be presented with a medallion inscribed with the programme's mission, "A Search for New Heroes." Additionally, five Laureates from each of the 11 Honors categories will be named as finalists for a 21st Century Achievement Award. One finalist in each category will then be named a 21st Century Achievement Award winner.
Gareth Davies, Managing Director of Frog said: “We are delighted that Computerworld has recognised our work in Malaysia in this way. Frog is making a huge difference to every school, family, parent and child in Malaysia, and is proud to have such a positive impact on so many lives. It is our vision to expand the Malaysian model on a global scale.”