International ICT Volunteer program brings digital literacy and cultural exchange to Malaysia
The International ICT Volunteer program – initiated in 2001 in the Republic of Korea – seeks to promote the use of ICT for sustainable development through peer to peer ICT skills sharing in the Asia-Pacific region. The program is conducted with the collaboration of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the National Information Society Agency (NIA), in partnership with additional government and non-government organizations.
From July to August 2016, Malaysia hosted Korean volunteers as part of the program to receive training in ICT skills such as application, contents and services development. For example, at the Kampong Sawang center, the application “Bahasa Korea Untuk Kita Semua” was created to translate Korean words into Malay.
The three teams of volunteers were placed in the main Malaysia Internet centers, and collaborated with local students to share with them knowledge that could later be taught among their own communities. Local volunteers are invited to get engaged in learning from the visiting specialists through the MIV with community program. Besides from the digital literacy skills, further cultural exchange is promoted during the process.
Additional Sources: The Borneo Post