As you might have heard, the Malaysian government will be revamping ICT learning in schools with the implementation of Computational Thinking and computer science in school curriculum starting from January 2017 onwards. To further support the implementation, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has officially announced a new initiative called My Digital Maker.
Under this new initiative, MDEC will be assisting Ministry of Education to implement the new ICT curriculum as well as ensuring that teachers are ready for it. At the same time, both government agencies will also be partnering with private and academia sector to provide additional learning opportunities for students both inside and outside their classrooms.
With the help of these partners, students will have the opportunity to learn further about various aspects of digital creators and innovations including Physical Computing, Software Development, Creative Media, and Engineering Design. The initiative will also see the establishment of Digital Maker Hubs and Centers throughout the country.
Not to forget, it will also support competitions that is suitable to be platforms for students to showcase their talents and creations. Altogether, My Digital Maker aims to help transform Malaysian youths from just being consumers to actually start creating and producing digital contents and products which is quite a bold and ambitious target but rather necessary in order to strengthen Malaysia’s digital economy.