Empowering Malaysian Youths With Digital Skills

Caption: YB Syed Saddiq, Minister of Youth and Sports and Fayza Mohamed Amin, Malaysia Managing Director of HP Inc. looking on as a student explains the coding programs use in HP #GenC.

HP Inc. Malaysia launched its Generation Coding (#GenC) project, a digital skills and coding initiative that aims to empower Malaysian youths to close the digital skills gap for
the future. In partnership with Microsoft and University Kuala Lumpur British Malaysian Institute (Uni KL), the #GenC project, over 12 months, will reach 400 primary and secondary school students.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Yang Berhormat Syed Saddiq Bin Syed Abdul Rahman, who officiated the launch event said, “I’m thankful that HP has been proactive in supporting the government’s intent to equip our youth with new skills while bridging the digital skills gap in Malaysia. I look forward to working closely with HP to expand the program and enable ore youths to benefit from the HP Generati Coding programmen.”

Adding on, Fayza Mohamed Amin, Managing Director, HP Inc. Malaysia said, “We are pleased to have the opportunity to bring to life our partnership with Malaysia to support the future of the nation through #GenC. As we make the journey towards Industry 4.0, we need to ensure that our future generations are given every opportunity to enhance their quality of education through technology.

“Through collaboration with our partners, we believe that the initiative will arm our talents of tomorrow with the right skills, technology and learning experiences to thrive in the jobs of the future”, said Fayza.

In line with the government’s agenda of expanding access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning, the two-day workshops held at the HP Technology Labs in Uni KL will expose students to the basics of computer science and coding. The labs are home to 17 HP desktops that will be used by youths between the ages of 7 to 17 to learn Microsoft Office skills as well as coding languages such as Scratch and Python.

Classes will be taught by lecturers from the Technology Department at Uni KL, with sessions for primary school students aged 7 – 12 covering Microsoft Office and Scratch modules. Secondary school students aged 13 – 17 will be taught Microsoft Office and basic Python coding. Beyond the workshops, students can also further their coding practice through online modules provided by Uni KL.

Professor Dato Dr Mazliham Mohd Su’ud , President of Uni KL, said, “We are very excited to partner with HP to create valuable learning opportunities for our youths. This initiative is a great platform to accelerate digital transformation in the classrooms while ensuring our future generations are ready for the next wave of technological change.”

The #GenC project is part of HP Inc.’s overarching goal to enable better learning outcomes for 100 million people around the world by 2025. In Malaysia, HP Inc. has been working towards supporting education across all ages through projects such as Creators of Tomorrow, an activation designed to foster entrepreneurial spirit for students in higher education as well as Little Makers, which encouraged primary students to reinvent learning at school and at home through print technology and the HP Smart App.

“At HP Inc in Malaysia, we hope to continue providing ways for our youths to gain access to digital skills while supporting the future of the nation. We look forward to collaborating with more partners and government bodies to create valuable learning opportunities for our leaders of tomorrow,” said Fayza.

For more information on how HP is reinventing learning through our innovation in Malaysia, visit https://www8.hp.com/my/en/home.html

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