PRIMARY school SJKC Union has become the first #mydigitalmaker Champion School in Penang.
The #mydigitalmaker Champion School is designed to prepare students with creative thinking skills, and to expose them with digital technology that is in line with the Industry Revolution 4.0.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow congratulated the school for the success.
“We have moved towards digital technology and that computer coding skill has become indispensable.
“It is necessary for students to know the basic knowledge of computer programming.
“It is good to expose our children from young, especially when they are in primary school,” Chow said in his speech during the opening ceremony of the #mydigitalmaker Champion School at SJKC Union today.
Chow added that Penang is an industrial state and is highly dependent on technology.
“We welcome the Federal Government and the private sectors to grow together with the state in this digital era,” he said.
The school headmistress Loh Yat Cheng said SJKC Union was recognised and selected as one of the #mydigitalmaker Champion Schools last year (2018).
“This is the new era of education where teachers and students can learn coding, programming and be digital makers and innovators,” she said.
Loh said that the school was among the nation’s top performing schools in 2012.
She also listed a number of recognition awards that the school has managed to achieve over the years.
According to the official website, #mydigitalmaker is a joint public-private-academia initiative to transform Malaysian youth from digital users to producers in the digital economy.
Also present were State Education Department director Dr Mahanom Mat Sam, the Union School Board of Administrators vice-chairman Tan Sri Ong Gim Huat and MDEC Talent and Entrepreneurship vice-president Sumitra Nair.
Story by J. Kirrthana
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