The Click! 4.0 Competition has started!

Photo of winning teams
Teams: The Enablers (SMK Padang Polo, Penang), Mahang Teenagers (SMK Mahang, Kedah), and Eco Warriors (SMK Lahat, Perak) received RM300 seed funding for emerging as the top three winning teams. (U.S. Embassy photo)

May 2-4, sixty-four students participated in a three-day Click 4.0 “Get.Set.Go” Camp at the Royal Penang Hotel.  The fourth annual nationwide social innovation camp was represented by students participating in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETA) Program, Teach for Malaysia (TFM) program, and English Access Microscholarship Program from Penang, Perak, Johor, and Kedah.

The competition-based camp brings rural and urban students together to learn about social entrepreneurship, improve their command of English, and increase leadership skills.  Each team is given a seed funding of RM200 to execute their projects within eight-weeks following the camp.  Students will be mentored by ETAs and teachers and are required to report their project progress via Click 4.0 Facebook page.

On the final day, the teams pitched their ideas for evaluation by a panel of three judges comprising of Mr. Arend C. Zwartjes, the U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Officer, Ms. Zye Ramli, entrepreneur and associate partner of eco-friendly creativity center Work Palette, and Mr. Shahidan Shafie senior lecturer from Universiti Sains Malaysia School of Management.

Photo of English teaching assistants
ETAs from Perak: Poonam Daryani (SMK Lahat), Michaela Gaziano (SMK Dato Idris), and Aisha Hadlock (SMK Dato Maharaja Lela) present about America to Click participants. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The following schools participated in the camp: SMK Air Itam, SMK Hutchings, SMK Permatang Tok Labu, SMK Mak Mandin and SMK Padang Polo from Penang; SMK Lahat, SMK Dato Seri Maharaja Lela, SMK Dato Idris in Perak; SMK Mahang and SMK Dato’ Berjaya Setia (Kedah); and SMK Kota Masai 2, SMK Taman Seri Kluang, and SMK Teknik from Johor.

The second leg of the camp will be held in Kuching from May 23 to 25 and another camp at Kuala Terengganu from June 17 to 19. The final winning team will be shortlisted for the Kennedy-Ludgar Exchange and Study (YES) Program and will be invited to join a special weekend program organized by Antarabudaya Malaysia (AFS).

Click! 4.0 camp is organized by LifeChamp Sdn. Bhd. and the Malaysian American-Alumni Partnership in collaboration with the respective State Education Departments, ELS Language Center, and Teach for Malaysia.