By Nayela Deeba
Dec. 6, 2016
(L-R) :Don Carlson, Education Lead, Microsoft Asia Pacific, Rena Chai, Marketing & Operation Lead, South East Asia New Markets, His Excellency William Heidt, US Ambassador, Cambodia, His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia
Microsoft recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports Cambodia (MoEYS).
The partnership aims to deliver holistic and innovative tech programmes across educational institutions in Cambodia.
In line with the MoEYS vision 2020, the Microsoft Educational Framework will provide a new curriculum for students, which will be technologically driven. Along with that, the agreement will implement model classrooms, teaching with technology and building educator capacity for transformation in selected schools in Phnom Penh between December 2016 and April 2017.
"Our collaboration today with the MoEYS will help teachers and education leaders by providing them with the right tools and training needed to equip students with STEM (science, technology engineering, and mathematics) skills needed in an increasingly technology-driven global economy," said Rena Chai,Marketing and Operations Lead, SEA, Microsoft.
According to a Driving Transformation in Education survey, educator skill sets were essential to optimise technology in classrooms. At least one in three educators agreed they were unable to equip students with skill sets needed to succeed in the future workplace due to the lack of technology implementation in the school curriculum. Hence, Microsoft will provide the educators with resources-such as the Microsoft Innovative Educator Programme and Microsoft Digital Literacy-an online educational programme to educate on the fundamentals of computing and technology.
Microsoft has also launched the Microsoft Student Partners (MSP) programme with STEM Cambodia, a non-governmental organisation, to cultivate technology skills among youths and provide a platform to student communities, primarily focusing on latest technology innovations, tools and resources.
"We remain committed to empowering educators and students' communities to achieve more. Technology has the power to help transform teaching and learning, expand the impact of education, the needs of communities and accelerate the growth potential of every young person here in Cambodia," explained Chai.
"Our approach in education is to work with educators, students, and school leaders on their journey to redefine learning and enable youth to successfully transition from education to employment. With high youth unemployment rates in the Asia Pacific region, we recognise this continues to be one of the main obstacles facing young people," added Don Carlson, Education Lead, Microsoft APAC.