PHOTO - Dato' Atikah Adom, secretary general of Projek Hati Nurani with IBM team & KidSmart unit.
KUALA LUMPUR - Technology giant IBM has donated 15 of its KidSmart Young Explorer units to help young patients in three Malaysian hospitals to help them interactively learn Mathematics, Science and English.
The three hospitals - Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital Serdang and Hospital Ampang - are participating in the Projek Hati Nurani - 'Schools within Hospital' pilot project.
"The IBM KidSmart Programme goes beyond donating computers to preschools," said IBM Malaysia marketing director, Eric Wong. "It is specially designed to enhance the learning experience for young children attending preschools - and in this case young patients admitted to hospitals - to build on the understanding that preschoolers learn best through creative play and social interaction, which will encourage them to become confident users of technology."
"Each unit of the IBM KidSmart Young Explorer comprises a colourful, child-friendly workstation manufactured by Little Tikes that is powered by a computer pre-installed with award-winning early education software to help children learn and explore Mathematics, Science and English," said Wong.
"The Young Explorer units are part of the IBM KidSmart Early Learning Programme, which integrates new interactive teaching and learning activities using the latest technology into pre-kindergarten curricula," he said.
"So far, some 500 units of the IBM KidSmart Young Explorer have been deployed in Malaysia, benefiting more than 10,000 children aged three to seven years," said Wong.
Globally, IBM has invested more than RM335 million (US$106 million) in the KidSmart Early Learning Program in 60 countries, and has trained more than 100,000 teachers and served more than 10 million students.
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