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Microsoft Malaysia's WeSpeakCode even more ‘inclusive’ this year

AvantiKumar | April 8, 2015
To reach their full potential, young people need to have an understanding of how technology works, and how to make it work for them, says Microsoft Malaysia’s Dinesh Nair.

Microsoft WeSpeakCode - Malaysian secondary school students 

Photo - Secondary school students Code for Malaysia

 

Microsoft's Malaysian leg of this year's global WeSpeakCode campaign focuses on inclusiveness and reaches out to different groups to encourage uptake of 21st century skills, said the platform and productivity company.

More than 2,000 youths from all walks of life - ranging from underprivileged and disabled communities to those from educational institutions such as schools and universities - took part in Microsoft's YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode campaign, which was held for the second year running in Malaysia.

Microsoft tagged the local programme "Code for Malaysia," and organised a week-long campaign (25 March to 2 April), which included activities and events in collaboration with local schools, universities, government and non-governmental institutions - such as Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC), The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Taylor's University, MySkills Foundation, and YWCA Kuala Lumpur - to celebrate Code for Malaysia.

Microsoft Malaysia director of legal and corporate affairs, Jasmine Begum, said, "Code for Malaysia kicked off last year in Malaysia to resounding success, and we are delighted to continue our efforts to offer resources, education and skills training in coding to more Malaysians."

This year's theme on inclusiveness included partnering with YWCA Kuala Lumpur and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - to extend Code for Malaysia to women and girls, and youths from the underprivileged and disabled communities.

"It is important that our young people understand computer science and basic programming are skills that will form the foundation for many jobs in the future. With Code for Malaysia, we are creating real impact in Malaysia, equipping the younger generation with 21st century skills that will propel the country towards our vision of a developed nation by 2020," said Begum.

 

Microsoft WeSpeakCode  - Microsoft in Malaysia

Photo - (From left) Dinesh Nair, Director of Developer Experience and Evangelism, Microsoft Malaysia; Phenny Kakama, Senior Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF; Iriani Zulkifli, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Officer, UNICEF; Nicolas Pron, Director, Secretary of the Executive Board, UNICEF; H.E. Ms. Laura Elena Flores Herrera, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Panama to the United Nations; Kristel Louk, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations; Wivina Belmonte, UNICEF Representative, Malaysia; Silvester Mwanza, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nations; H.E. Sahebzada Ahmed Khan, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Pakistan; Jasmine Begum, Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Microsoft Malaysia; and Mandeep Kaur, Community Affairs Manager, Microsoft Malaysia.

 

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