Students from Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu (SIKK) win Malaysia Conference of Young Scientists (MYCYS) 2021. (Photo Courtesy of the Education Ministry)

Indonesian School in Kinabalu Wins Gold at Malaysia Entrepreneurship Competition


JULY 21, 2021

Jakarta. Sekolah Indonesia Kota Kinabalu, or SIKK, makes Indonesia proud once more, by winning a gold medal in the recent Malaysia International Entrepreneurship and Social Science Competition, or MIES, which took place July 12-15.

SIKK had previously won first place in the Malaysia Conference of Young Scientists (MYCYS) 2021, which pushed a mastery of basic science through innovation in the next generation of scientists. 

SIKK's achievement's heaped praises from Mokhammad Farid Maruf, the education and culture attaché at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

"This week, these children were able to bring home two gold medals from two different competitions. [This illustrates] SIKK's success in creating a conducive educational environment to nurture students' creativity," Farid said in a recent statement.

SIKK students Azrina Aleeya Antasha, Syarul Nisyam, Vincensius Nara Temu, Duwini Manditin and Mahsuri Binti Yusuf made up the SIKK Farm Team. Competing for the young entrepreneur innovations, the SIKK team presented G-Mart — a green school program which took inspiration from an article by K.G. Burt. The article calls for the use of school gardens as a learning medium.

“The SIKK Farm Team adopted the idea with the additional benefits of a school garden for entrepreneurship activities,” Farid said.

Prior to the competition, the five-membered team had received mentoring and guidance from their geography and entrepreneurship teacher Susmin Ito. According to Susmin, they also had to undergo a four-month preparation.

“The process starts from developing the concept, preparation of tools and land, seeding, planting, care, and growth observation until harvest, which is used for the development of student entrepreneurship,” Susmin said.

SIKK head Dadang Hermawan, who had pioneered the green school idea, said the school has already seen its results within just a year. Not only did the green school program help SIKK compete, but it also enabled the culinary program at SIKK to have various plants produce.

By winning the competition and supporting their school, these young entrepreneurs at SIKK have reaped the fruit of their hard work and inspire more people to follow in their footsteps.