ACCA’s Walk the Talk Treasure Hunt Provides Experiential Learning on Ethics and Professional Skills

The ACCA Walk the Talk Treasure Hunt brought together 84 participants from 21 learning institutions and employer partners to put their physical and mental skills to the test as they raced around Klang Valley solving puzzles that call on their ethical thinking. Organised by ACCA, the event promotes ethics and professional skills among future accountants.

Head of ACCA Malaysia Edward Ling says, “To help ensure that ACCA graduates are equipped with skills that will add value to any organisation, we introduced the Ethics and Professional Skills Module (EPSM) in October last year. The introduction of the module is in line with ACCA’s focus on the criteria required to shape an efficacious accountant. Through this module, we can enlarge the learnings beyond technical capabilities for ACCA graduates. The interactive and experiential learning exemplified during the treasure hunt drives home the unequivocal need for critical thinking, ethical decisions and the upholding of integrity among accountants, in a fun way for our students.”

Group Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Corporation Berhad, Jeffrey Chew says, “Transparency, honesty, accountability and fair dealings are important traits not just among the accountants but also members of the workforce in any organisation. In order to be an effective leader, one must have the ability to think, evaluate and act fairly to make informed decisions. Leadership is about doing the right thing, even if it may seem to be going against the tide. Hence, ethics plays a vital role in steering the moral compass of individuals even in challenging times.”

Participating teams were taken through six activities that are related to the different learnings of ACCA’s Ethics and Professional Skills Module. Among the challenges were participants being asked to identify and distinguish real news among the fakes and provide supplementary rationale. The participants were required to think innovatively and sceptically to accomplish the task.

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