MDEC, MoE, Mosti Launch ‘Hour of Code’ #digitalraya Campaign, Encouraging Children to Learn Coding
By Digital News Asia June 10, 2020
- 15,000 students are expected to sign up for the second ‘Hour of Code’ in Malaysia
- 30 smartphones, 30 all-access passes to Virtual #mydigitalmaker Fair 2020 for grabs
The Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) – in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) – is organising an all-new Hour of Code (HoC) Malaysia event. Entitled Hour of Code #digitalraya edition, the campaign aims to encourage children to learn coding while they are at home. It will be held from June 9 to June 22, 2020 in support of the Minggu Sains Negara activities and is the lead-up platform to the virtual remake of #mydigitalmaker Fair 2020.
The HoC is a global movement that has positively impacted millions of school students in more than 180 countries. The localised version is a strategic component of the #mydigitalmaker movement that is aligned with MDEC’s mandate to lead the digital economy forward under its three main pillars: digitally skilled Malaysians, digitally powered businesses and digital investments.
Launched in conjunction with Hari Raya Aidilfitri, the Hour of Code #digitalraya edition hopes to raise the spirit of togetherness during this festive season, despite the challenges of safe distancing.
Students are encouraged to participate in the HoC #digitalraya as they will be in the running to win one of the 30 smartphones, each worth RM700, that are up for grabs and an all-access pass to the Virtual #mydigitalmaker Fair 2020 that is set to take place this October.
The #dudukrumah edition of HoC, which was launched earlier this year, received overwhelming response, with close to 8,000 unique entry submissions. This encouraged the organisers to boldly anticipate a larger response – more than 15,000 participants – to sign-up for the upcoming HoC #digitalraya edition.
“MDEC is excited to organise this all-new edition of the HoC. In the #dudukrumah edition, we were glad to see active participation from across the country. This time around, we are upping the ante with more challenging modules for families to learn and have fun with while they improve their coding skills,” said Dr. Sumitra Nair (pic), Vice President, Digital Talent Development, MDEC.
This year, due to the challenges of COVID-19, MDEC will organise the latest HoC on a virtual platform. This event will be activated through the various social media channels that MDEC and #mydigitalmaker manages. The goal is to engage and drive up participation from all students from across the country.
Leyshan Nair, a student from SJKT (FES) Serdang (Selangor) shared: "This is the first time I participated in HoC and it's super fun! I want to learn more about coding now."
As for Nur Aisyah Syakirah Saifulnizan from Sekolah Kebangsaan Raja Bahar (Kelantan), she added: “My first time joining HoC was in 2017. Learning to programme and complete coding in stages, and getting a certificate after that, is a very exciting experience. (HoC helps) sharpen my mind as it encouraged me to solve problems in an entertaining way.”
This HoC #digitalraya campaign is one of this year’s primary drivers of MDEC and #mydigitalmaker as they aim to cultivate digital innovation and creativity amongst children.
Parents, teachers and students can visit www.mydigitalmaker.com/hoc to get more information and find out how they sign up for the HoC initiative.