Malaysian juvenile inmates to receive digital literacy training

The Prisons Department of Malaysia in collaboration with Microsoft Malaysia launched a program to provide 16 to 21 year old inmates with opportunities to become digitally literate and prepare for future job opportunities or studies. This initiative will make it possible to teach 500 young inmates in 13 prison schools in Kuala Lumpur how to use some of the main Microsoft Office features.

Taking into consideration the significant relevance of providing juvenile inmates with skills that allow them to reintegrate to society after finishing their terms, this three-year partnership will include as well diverse entrepreneurship, leadership and computer science contents as part of the curriculum. Additional training will be provided to teachers from the prisons.

However, this is not the first time that such an initiative takes place in Malaysia. In 2015, the two organizations supported the Hour of Code initiative by introducing over 160 Henry Gurney Prisoners´ School inmates to a tailored Minecraft tutorial. The course taught participants some of the basics for coding by allowing them to plug blocks for completing actions.

According to Datuk Seri Haji Zulkifli Omar, commissioner general of the Malaysian Prisons Department, this is an example of how technology can be used to make meaningful social and economic impacts.


Additional Sources: The Star