History

The program constantly and consistently seeks to encourage and challenge young people while it promotes teamwork and leadership. The skills learned throughout the program have been instrumental in assisting young people over the years in the pursuit of their education and career goals. The presence and success of Malaysian teams in international competitions in recent years is an acknowledgement and recognition of the pupils involved their parents who supported them and the coaches who mentored them. As such, we see our association with the Future Problem Solving Program International, as our contribution to human potential development for the future of Malaysia. The Skills Mill is an educational centre that focuses on providing extension programs in literacy, numeracy and thinking skills. The centre has its own office in Subang Jaya and offers tuition, and after school activities to primary and secondary students of all ages.

Suzanne Strangward (then the National Director of Future Problem Solving Program Australia) in 1998 visited Malaysia as a guest of NAGCM to train Malaysians to become coaches and evaluators of the program. Since then teams from the Skills Mill, Malaysia have competed in the Future Problem Solving Program in Australia, developing expertise in all forms of the Program, including team booklet solving, scenario writing and community problem solving.

In 2001, the progress of the Malaysia program was such that, with the support of FPSP Australia, a middle booklet team from The Skills Mill was invited to compete at the International Future Problem Solving Conference, the first Southeast Asian team to do so. Since 2001, when Niranjan Casinader became National Director of FPSP Australia, the long term plans to develop Future Problem Solving in Malaysia have taken on a renewed focus that is intended to see Malaysia emerge as a full affiliate of the FPSP International on its own right in 2010/2011.  The Malaysian Chapter of the program (FPSPM) became a full affiliate and member of the governing council of the international body (FPSPI) in June 2010.

The Future Problem Solving Program Malaysia is administered by The Skills Mills Sdn Bhd as a non-profit educational project. Its Committee is largely composed of volunteers, comprising parents, past FPS students and educators. The Affiliate Director is Lalitha Nair. The Program is an affiliate of the International Future Problem Solving Program, the head office of which is located in Melbourne, Florida, USA and has the aim of developing creative, positive problem solving skills in primary and secondary students. Future Problem Solving Program Malaysia is responsible for the development of The Future Problem Solving program in Malaysia.

Our students should have the opportunity to push their thought processes in “this future-oriented, creative thinking learning process and experience”.