Intel: Malaysia Education Policy ICT Driven

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Addressing the ICT Conference and Exhibition 2008, held in conjunction with the 43th Southeast Asia Ministers of Education Conference (SEAMEC), Intel's Director of Global Education Strategies, Dr Martina Roth, said, “The national education policy and the commitment shown by various key players in the education sector have been the catalyst for the success of computing giant Intels educational programmes in the country.”

“We are proud with the success rate of the Intel Teach programme in Malaysia. The Malaysian government has generally been very supportive to this programme. This demonstrates the country's commitment to provide ICT training for its students besides closing the digital gap in the country,” she told reporters.

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Intel Teach serves as a component of the national teacher-training programmes on how to effectively integrate the use of technology in the classroom to facilitate and enhance teaching and student learning. The programme was introduced in Malaysia in 2000, in partnership with the Education Ministry, and to date has trained some 40,000 teachers locally while more than five million teachers in 40 countries worldwide have benefited from it.

Intel Malaysia Corporate Affairs Manager Cheng Cheng Loo said the second phase of the project was expected to be launched end of this year. Meanwhile, Intel and the Education Ministry also initiated another project — 1:1 e-Learning programme — in 10 primary schools nationwide last June.

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