The United States Sports Academy’s is in the third year of teaching a major remedial program in Malaysia to train teachers in key physical education and sports coaching skills.
The desire by Malaysian leaders to build vigorous physical education and sports programs for the country’s children led the Academy to develop the International Diploma in Physical Education and Sports Coaching (IDPESC) program for the Ministry of Education (MOE). The academic program for the Southeast Asian country is arguably one of the largest remedial programs in sports education ever undertaken. It was initiated in June 2012 and the first 1,000 Malaysian educators completed the pilot program that December.
Beginning on 17 September, the ten modules of instruction, each taught in a concentrated one week session, will impart key skills in these disciplines, The Academy has selected 23 members of its’ National Faculty to deliver the program at 20 different locations across the country.
The retraining effort furthers the “One Student – One Sport” initiative implemented by His Excellency Tan Sri Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin, who is Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister who also serves as that nation’s Minister of Education and Higher Education. Muhyiddin, who earned an Honorary Doctorate from the Academy in 2012, has also served as the Minister of Youth and Sports. His vision of developing meaningful scholastic sport programs together with the need to improve physical education sports for the nation’s children was the impetus for the Academy’s recognition.
The members of the Academy’s national faculty selected to teach in the program hail from 16 different States and two foreign countries and are drawn from the ranks of professional physical educators. All hold graduate degrees in physical education or related disciplines and have extensive service working in the field.
The Convocation for the graduates of the 2013 IDPESC program was held on Monday, 15 September 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pictures from this event can be viewed here.
The Academy’s work in Malaysia began when it became an independent nation in 1957 and Academy Founder, President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich coached the first of his many national track and field teams there. He encouraged Malaysia’s first Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, the father of the country, to establish an interscholastic sport program.