Taking aim at digital divide, Huawei Malaysia Launches TECH4ALL Remote Education
By Digital News Asia August 17, 2020
- Single IdeaHub Smart Screen shared with schools in Indera Mahkota
- Part of efforts to support UN Sustainable Development Goals on education
Huawei Technologies (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd has launched its digital inclusion initiative, TECH4ALL in collaboration with the #IMfutures initiative, in partnership with Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) and strategic partners.
In a release issued, Huawei Malaysia said TECH4ALL Remote Education was launched yesterday with partners at the Indera Mahkota Digital Festival where Zac Chow, Vice President of Huawei Malaysia Carrier Network Business Group presented the Huawei IdeaHub Smart Screen to Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia and Member of Parliament for Indera Mahkota. The Smart Screen will be used at selected schools throughout Indera Mahkota.
Saifuddin lauded the collaboration between Huawei Malaysia, #IMfutures and partners, stating that strategic partnerships could accelerate progress in Malaysia’s digital transformation agenda, and it is timely for the country to move towards digital learning.
The #IMfutures initiative is focused on providing the community in Indera Mahkota with exposure to the use of digital technology.
“The overarching vision is to create a society which is connected, informed, creative and has embraced digital culture. The Covid-19 pandemic presents us the opportunity to accelerate digitalisation where we focus our efforts on increasing digital access, and opportunities to all levels of society, ensuring that no one is marginalised from opportunities. This can be achieved by leveraging on industry leaders’ expertise and embracing new technology innovations to enhance the education ecosystem, nurture interest and produce multi-skilled, digital ready talent,” he added.
The pandemic has changed the way education is conducted, highlighting the digital divide, where fortunate communities can adapt digital transformation solutions quickly to address remote education where other communities are left behind. Huawei Malaysia is launching TECH4ALL to bridge the gap by focusing efforts on connectivity, applications and skills.
“Huawei believes that it is our responsibility to utilise our resources and technology to support the Malaysian government in bridging the digital divide and in developing ICT talents for future jobs in a digitised world,” said Chow.
“We believe in the power of technology to make education more accessible and inclusive, allowing everyone to benefit from quality education. By digitising schools through the TECH4ALL initiative, education is no longer bound to the traditional classroom. The schools in Indera Mahkota will now be able to run smart classrooms with high-quality education resources, for students and teachers to grow their digital skills. We hope to partner with the government to expand the reach of this initiative and to help advance the nation’s digital transformation through education technology,” he added.
Huawei IdeaHub Smart Screen is an intelligent endpoint that integrates multiple functions including multi-screen collaboration between mobiles and PCs, interactive whiteboard, remote collaboration and Full High Definition video conferencing. The integrated functions support flexible online learning, bringing lessons to life and enables students to participate in various projects and learn digital skills. In addition, the teachers are also able to utilise the platform and technology to share high-quality learning and training content online easily and conveniently.
Huawei TECH4ALL is also part of an ongoing effort to support one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to address ‘quality education’ – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.