Malaysia is one of the most important commercial and tourist destinations in South East Asia and has many ex-pats including Indians living and working there. What makes it easy apart from the cosmopolitan nature of the capital city Kuala Lumpur, where most of them live, is the presence of some great international schools.
The leading international school in Malaysia has the Global Indian International School, Kuala Lumpur that provides stellar education across grades. The school is known not only for its excellent infrastructure and high-quality teaching but also for an excellent track record with regard to getting its students admission to some of the best universities in the world. It is not surprising therefore to discover that they have more than 150 education-related awards to their credit.
Conscious of the fact that there might be some parents who would find it difficult to afford the fee of an international school, they also offer a number of very liberal scholarships to deserving students. The chance to receive a world-class education comparable with the best anywhere in the world as well as an exposure to a multi-nation and multicultural environment by virtue of studying in an international school of global repute is a privilege and a destiny-altering experience.
An international school by its very nature empowers students from myriad cultures to learn to study and play together in a spirit of collaboration and harmony. This is true across all grade levels at GIIS- kindergarten, primary school, secondary school, and high school. The lessons that this imparts to the future citizens of the world are priceless.
The world today is more interconnected than ever before as evidenced by how the world came together to fight the Covid-19 menace, for instance, there are many more global problems like climate change, income inequalities, the digital divide, war, and civil unrest that the forthcoming generations will have to resolve. Schools of the caliber of GIIS educate and train the leaders of tomorrow to take these problems head-on and resolve them.
They empower young people to dream the biggest dreams and actually go ahead and achieve them. That there are more than 90 international schools in Kuala Lumpur alone shows that Malaysia is really well placed with regard to providing quality education to ex-pat children. Most of these schools are located in the center of the city, particularly in the Mont Kiara and Bangsar regions.
Given the large numbers of ex-pat students in Kuala Lumpur, the curricula on offer include those from Australia, France, India, Germany, and America. What Indian ex-pats will find familiar is the fact that owing to the shared British colonial legacy, English is a common language of instruction. That probably explains why the British curriculum is the most common one apart from the International Baccalaureate one.
Owing to their excellent reputation, international schools are in great demand even amongst the locals. The Indian ex-pat population would, of course, want their children to study at a school like GIIS which offers the Indian CBSE curriculum. This school also follows the Cambridge ( IGCSE-Grades 8 to 10) board for those who prefer that.
That is the thing about international schools-you can have a substantial say in exactly the kind of education you want your child to receive. If you are somebody who plans on eventually moving back to India with your family, you would probably want your school-going child or children to opt for the CBSE board. If on the other hand, you want them to build their lives overseas, you would perhaps have them follow the IGCSE curriculum.
International Schools as a rule are extremely well endowed with sporting infrastructure and facilities enabling youngsters to follow their passion and excel at them. While academics are given the importance that is due to it, these schools are equally committed to making their students well-rounded personalities in every sense of the word.
The world that we live in is increasingly interconnected and global. While that is advantageous in many ways, it also brings forth many challenges of its own-like the ability to compete with the best of the best in any part of the world. This requires a level of excellence that an international school is better placed to provide.
Indians especially are doing exceedingly well in every conceivable sphere in every corner of the world. The fact that the new generation of ex-pat Indian children get to obtain an international level school education puts them in an even better place to showcase their talent and excellence to the world.