Arus is a social enterprise working towards making learning relevant again through the maker approach. Our goal is to inspire students to become lifelong learners and continuously explore and pursue their passion, creativity and innovation. Our students build both physical and digital solutions to real life problems by applying important interdisciplinary concepts. We push our students to be responsible active citizens through the solutions they continue to build and to think innovatively on how we can all make the world a better place. We offer the Maker Academy program, after school maker clubs, maker weekend workshops and maker holiday camps.
Arus was founded by 4 Teach for Malaysia Alumni as part of an effort to come up with a sustainable education initiative. The 2-year experience teaching in high need low performing schools as part of the Teach for Malaysia fellowship made us realize that more time and effort needs to be invested in both the strategizing and delivery of lessons in the classroom to change the way our students learn.
We wanted to create a long-term solution, track our students progress over a period of time to better strategize and champion for their education success.
Arus wants to change the education landscape by racing towards innovation and creativity. We are reducing the emphasis on possessing content knowledge but instead, focus on our students possessing the skills to do something with what they know and be assessed based on their respective abilities. Arus wants to redefine and reimagine education by taking our kids’ mindset to not see learning as a hurdle, but a vehicle that one takes to accomplish their dreams.
Maker education for low income students/high need schools
Arus is working towards creating an equal ground when it comes to access to quality education. Our main beneficiaries are students who come from low income families and or low achieving schools where resources are scarce. Our aim is to ensure that every student gets the same opportunities in gaining important and valuable skills that will prepare them to fulfill the future workforce requirements.
As we enter into the innovation economy and era, we wish to move away from the rigidity of written assessments that are usually standardized based on the age of the students and not reflective of our students’ true potential. Our curriculum focuses on helping students discover their passion and build good values and character so that they can one day be responsible and contributing citizens.
Arus develops programs where students get to learn through designing, building, tinkering and making new or improved creations. Instead of going through the conventional way of learning things through having multiple different subjects in isolation like Math, Science, English etc. separated, Arus encourages innovation and interdisciplinary learning. Students will be able to connect important concepts from the sciences, math, art and languages all through completing projects.