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Malaysia

The Context
Malaysia, located in Southeast Asia, is home to a diverse population and boasts a rich cultural heritage. In recent years, the country has implemented extensive reforms to its education system, highlighting its commitment to preparing its citizens for the challenges of the 21st century. However, despite the progress made in expanding educational access, there are still several challenges. These include insufficient funding, limited resources, and poor infrastructure, all of which hinder the development of an effective educational framework. Additionally, significant disparities in the quality of schooling between urban and rural areas, as well as ongoing gender and racial inequalities, continue to persist. Efforts to tackle these issues are crucial as Malaysia strives to foster a more prosperous and equitable future for all its citizens.

ST Foundation’s Presence
Malaysia was among the first countries to adopt the DU Program of the ST Foundation, starting in 2004. It began at the Muar ST plant, where over 700 individuals, including orphaned children, senior citizens, and ST employees, were trained. Although the initial phase concluded in early 2008, the program was revived in 2015 with the launch of a new course, the Tablet For Kids. This relaunch included a Train the Trainer activity facilitated by the Indian ST team, enabling our volunteers to engage young learners and introduce them to the benefits of technology.

Like many countries, Malaysia saw a pause in all initiatives due to the pandemic beginning in 2020. After this forced interruption, the Foundation’s activities have resumed successfully. As of the end of March 2024, the DU Program has trained over 600 individuals, continuing its commitment to enhancing digital literacy and access across the country.