With the rapid advancements in technology and information, the modern generation often neglects the importance of basic life skills as well as physical and mental health. In 2017, the Ministry of Education (Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia) has implemented a new standard curriculum for secondary schools (KSSM). Under this latest KSSM syllabus, “Integrated Life Skills”, which was previously a compulsory subject taught to students from Form 1 to Form 3 that focused on technical skills, home economics, agriculture, and business studies had been abolished.
In addition to acceptance and preparation on the psychological level, the acquisition of basic life skills is also useful and necessary for students who plan to study abroad. Besides social adjustments, one of the most difficult challenges one can face while living abroad includes accustoming to different food and meal cultures. Thus, other than a willingness to trying out new foods, the acquisition of basic cooking skills can bring confidence and convenience to international students starting a new life in a foreign country.
The Malaysian Social Entrepreneurs Foundation (MSEF) believes that physical and mental health is maintained from a balanced diet, and that food is the most basic necessity for survival. By teaching students how to prepare food for themselves, we not only equip them with the ability to survive in the face of adversity, but also allow for their intellectual, mental, and physical development.
As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”, the Malaysian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation (MSEF) has decided to set up and promote the “Little Chef Training Programme” in various primary and secondary schools across the country, to guide students in developing healthy eating habits and learning how to cook in a safe environment. In addition to cooking skills, students will also learn how to make use of their practical abilities and creativity. After experiencing the difficulties of cooking and preparing a meal, students will learn to appreciate and give back to their parents, allowing them to practice gratitude in their lives.
Although our government has been actively promoting tourism for many years, there are still many vacancies in our F&B industry and the pipeline for further studies in the technical career pathway of chefs is not well established yet. In view of this, the Malaysian Social Entrepreneurship Foundation (MSEF) believes that this “Little Chef Training Programme” for primary and secondary school level will not only change the day-to-day habits of students, but will also further educate them on the appropriate concepts of both academic and technical career pathways.