Dr. Zul Faizuddin Osman
Educator . School of NFT . Tigerpunks
Dr. Zul Faizuddin Osman or fondly known as Cikgu Tigerpunks is a Science teacher with 17 years of experience in STEM education. He graduated from the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland and earned his doctorate from Universiti Sains Malaysia. He was a coach for the school's Lego Mindstorm robotic team and the technical officer for STEM Decathlon Challenge at the national level.
Cikgu Tigerpunks founded the School of NFT to empower students in a remote area and help the students in Perkampungan Asli Sungai Rual embrace digital art, NFT and blockchain technology. School of NFT is a community-driven project with a weekly class on Wednesdays to educate young students about digital art creation and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The project began minting NFTs at Pentas.IO in 2021 and has experienced many life-changing opportunities. With support from the Malaysia NFT community at Pentas.IO, the project acquired iPads to assist student education and NFT creation. The continuous support from the community was fantastic, with sponsorships of Baju Raya, stationaries, educational posters and food baskets for the students.
By collecting School of NFT digital collectibles at Pentas, holders can directly contribute to building a creative environment for students to learn digital art and are eligible to engage with the students through visits to the School of NFT. The project also occasionally airdrops NFTs created by the students to collectors to thank holders for their support.
The long-term goal of the School of NFT is to nurture creative minds, with the hope that some of the students will go on to become successful artists in the future. The project also aims to use NFTs and blockchain technology to uplift the students and their community's lives and livelihoods.
In addition to its educational efforts, the School of NFT has engaged with the NFT community through various activities and collaborations, including a logo contest, community meetings, and art collaborations. The project has also welcomed prominent visitors such as J4nt4nCrypto, Edward Young, ChickyPunks, KlemzeeVerse, RoachPunk, Metamorphosis, Kekatak, Hambali Asri and NFTees to visit and give special talks, as well as visits from various organizations, including Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Sekolah Menengah Sains Faris Petra and Sekolah Menengah Sains Jeli to learn about School of NFT initiatives.
Following the successful completion of phase one, which focused on creating awareness about NFTs in Sungai Rual, the project has moved on to phase two, which involves educating young students in Kelantan. Cikgu Tigerpunks and the School of NFT were featured in DidikTV NTV7, a YouTube interview and Vulcan Post. In addition, this phase has included two successful exhibitions showcasing artworks by the students at the state level.
In the future, the School of NFT hopes to continue its efforts to raise awareness about NFTs and Web 3.0 through talks and participation in events and conferences such as WeArePOP and M1nted Asia, as well as expand its reach to more schools in Malaysia.
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