Creating a nation of digital makers: MDEC

A partnership between the Education ministry (MoE), the private sector and academia, aims to encourage young Malaysians to the creative side of digital technology.

By AvantiKumar
Aug. 16, 2016


launch of mydigitalmaker in Malaysia - done

 

Photo - Official launch of mydigitalmaker

 

A national partnership, which includes Malaysia's Ministry of Education (MoE), private sectors and academia, has been launched to encourage young Malaysians to the creative side digital technology.
 
Starting January 2017, the #mydigitalmaker movement, which will integrate computational thinking and computer science into the formal school curriculum, will receive supported from industry and universities.

National ICT agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) chief executive officer, Dato' Yasmin Mahmood, said, "Dreams inspire innovation. Malaysia needs more dreamers and innovators."

"As 90 percent of all future jobs will require digital competencies, it is important for us to ensure that our upcoming digital workforce are future-proof and well equipped to ride this evolution," said Yasmin
 
"#mydigitalmaker movement is a public- private- academia partnership to create a nation of Digital Makers," she said. "This movement will transform Malaysian youth from mere digital users to makers in the digital economy by infusing digital competencies into the formal school curriculum and complementing it with co-curricular digital maker activities."

Also present at the launch, Malaysian prime minister Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak said, "For most young people, digital technology is an everyday part of life. Many of them are avid consumers of digital media. We want to mobilise this generation of young people with the drive, confidence and know-how, so that they can embrace and be the 'makers' of their own technology - be it websites, apps, hardware, games or innovations we have yet to imagine."

MDEC's Yasmin said computational thinking will be integrated into the new Standard Based Curriculum for Primary (KSSR) and Standard Based Curriculum for Secondary (KSSM) as a part of the agenda driven by the Ministry of Education Malaysia (MoE), and supported by MDEC. This integration should benefit about 1.2 million students from 10,173 schools nationwide next year.

In addition, private sectors and academia have also joined MDEC to continue to nurture new talent through the introduction of Digital Maker Clubs in schools and Digital Maker Hubs in communities. Private sectors will also offer holiday internships, teaching modules, various trainings and tools to support this national initiative.

She said MDEC invited all Malaysians to support its future generation through the MY Digital Maker movement (mdec.com.my/mydigitalmaker).

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