Service & Sustainability Learning

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The importance of nurturing an awareness and understanding of world challenges both locally and globally, reinforce the sustainability goals ISKL instills in their students
Harbir Gill (Mr. H) - ISKL Gardener in Residence

ISKL encourages students to develop skills, knowledge, and consideration to make the world a better environment in which we all can live.  School-wide practices accomplish this through service-learning and environmental awareness programs incorporating a broad range of initiatives and activities.  The development of daily habits, both in and out of school, helps students to investigate sustainability issues, understand the alternative perspectives and translate ideas and findings into action.

This exemplary sustainability and service-learning curriculum is complemented by a values-based educational philosophy.

ISKL’s Global Action Program (GAP) and Malaysia Week are outdoor learning experiences whereby students participate in service-learning whilst gaining a greater understanding of sustainability efforts.   

Other opportunities available for students to be ‘agents of change’ include service forums with inspirational guest speakers and student-led initiatives with service being the focus of any action plan.

Service Learning

Service Learning is translated as ‘active community involvement.  It instills lifelong core values in all ISKL students to develop an understanding of their personal impact and role in environmental and world change.  

The ISKL curriculum is designed to ensure all students become involved and gain an understanding of community needs, solution planning, and action.  An increasing number of service-learning opportunities available throughout the grades include:

These projects support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encourage students to build connections within an array of communities in the Kuala Lumpur area and beyond.  They include:

  • Communities in need in Kuala Lumpur and surrounding areas
  • Refugee Learning Centers
  • Residential homes for victims of medical conditions
  • Sustainability organizations 

In partnership with these communities, ISKL students learn to connect quality education with reduced inequalities by engaging in music, art, coding, craft and a plethora of activities.  This dedication to community partnership growth exemplifies School-wide Learning Results (SLRs) encouraging students to Live Ethically, Collaborate Constructively and Think Critically.

Sustainability at ISKL

We would like to congratulate the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) for the efforts and time dedicated to turning your school into a greener place. The whole school is built to reduce the impact on the environment. All school activities (clubs, sports, community work, indoors, outdoors, etc) are linked to their eco-program... The school is an Eco-School Model for other International schools to follow and learn. They are a showcase of the benefits of the eco-school program.

Eco-School Assessors

The Eco-Schools Programme is coordinated by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) in Malaysia. It is the largest sustainable school program in the world, with 52,000 schools registered in the program in 67 countries.

ISKL is a member of the Eco-Schools Organization and was the first school in Malaysia to receive both the internationally acclaimed Green Flag Award in 2013 for excellence in environmental action and learning as well as Malaysia’s Green Building Index platinum rating for sustainable design.

Living ethically is an ISKL initiative for all community members to demonstrate personal and social responsibility in the care and working conditions for ourselves and others.  Sustainability clubs include The Earth Club, Green Council and Gardening Club, all aiming to create awareness and change throughout the school.  Alongside these projects sit organized events and activities implementing strategies to reduce energy consumption and resource waste.     

The Development Fund is a culmination of projects that incorporate the Jungle Walls at the school entrances, Jungle Trees in the Coaches Garden and the Community Edible Garden.  Across all three divisions of ISKL, the teaching and learning focus leans towards supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  These collectively provide inspiration for teacher/student-led future initiatives focusing on encouraging and empowering students to adopt a positive perspective, with an international mindset, whilst collaborating towards shared sustainability goals.

ISKL Green Flag Accreditation 2022

Recently, we were rewarded with the Green Flag Award in recognition of ISKL’s environmental achievements. Before we received the award, inspectors from the Eco-Schools paid a visit to our campus and observed the steps we take towards improvement in environmental action.  Check out this video to check how it went down!