Yesterday (Nov 24), Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education Youth and Sports Cambodia (MoEYS) that will see the implementation of the Microsoft Education Transformation Framework which aims to deliver an innovative and holistic, 21st century pedagogy by transforming students’ learning experience through technology, programmes and services!
This agreement is in line with MoEYS’ Education vision for 2020 and it focuses on the three priorities of building leaders and educators capacity for digital transformation, supporting educators with curriculum and content to impart technology skills to students and empowering educational institutions to be effective and efficient through technology.
For us at Geeks in Cambodia, this MOU is a really exciting development as it gives the next generation of Cambodians the opportunity to be ready and equipped for the digital world!
According to a news release following the signing of the MOU, three programmes focusing on building educator capacity, model classrooms and teaching with technology will also be piloted with selected schools in Phnom Penh from December 2016 to April 2017.
Talking about the collaboration, Rena Chai, Marketing and Operations Lead, SEA New Markets, Microsoft said, “Our collaboration today with the MoEYS will help teachers and education leaders by providing them with the right tools and training needed to equip students with the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills needed in an increasingly technology-driven global economy.”
A slew of Microsoft initiatives will also support this vision for the education sector in Cambodia. These initiatives include the Microsoft in Education resource and professional development for teachers as well as the Microsoft Innovative Educator Programme where educators make use of Microsoft tools in the classroom.
Another initiative which will play a part is the Microsoft Digital Literacy programme which will help participants develop a fundamental understanding of computers so that they can learn the essential skills needed to begin computing with confidence.
The relevance of these programmes are further emphasised when analysing the results of Microsoft’s recent Driving Transformation in Education survey where it was reported that 1 in 3 respondents believed they were unable to equip students with the skill sets needed to be successful in the workplace of the future.
With the implementation of this programme, the education landscape in Cambodia will hopefully evolve to equip students for the digital world of today!
GIC is really excited to be witnessing such essential developments when it comes to education technology in the Kingdom and we eagerly anticipate the progress in the months ahead as this MOU comes into play.
Keep checking back with us for the latest developments in Cambodia’s burgeoning tech scene!