Malaysia – KIDS: Bits & Bytes

Fondation Rolf Schnyder in cooperation with The Dariu Foundation, The Sarawak Ministry of Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development (KPWK) and Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 26th August 2022 that aims to provide digital literacy classes to pre-school children.

Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg witnessed the MoU singing ceremony, where the Ministry of Women, Early Childhood and Community Wellbeing Development pointed out, that it is committed to ensure that all children in Sarawak are equipped with digital literacy so that they are not left behind in the digitalisation era, said its minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

She said, this programme aims to provide computer literacy and coding training and classes for teachers and children to develop vital computational thinking and reasoning skills that are essential for a technology reliant future. She added that this theme is chosen to emphasise the importance of having the relevant skills among Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers to be able to adapt and cope with the ever changing educational and socio-economic environments.

Overall Purpose:

  • Inspiring children to think creatively and innovatively through exciting and engaging computer coding and robotics lessons.
  • Integrating principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics in the projects to supplement and enrich the learning experience.
  • Encouraging the productive usage of computers through computer coding and robotics lessons and projects.

The program will begin in the fourth quarter of 2022 with an initial pilot roll-out to 5 SeDidik Centres in Sarawak: 3 in the Kuching Zone, 1 in the Sibu Zone and 1 in the Miri Zone.

Our program has already been implemented at a community learning center in Kuala Lumpur, and we’re soon expanding to Etania Schools in Sabah. This initiative is part of our wider expansion plans and reflects our commitment to making education accessible to all.

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