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Code literacy training project launched in Mekong Delta
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Code literacy training project launched in Mekong Delta

Owner Larter (4th L), senior manager of government affairs at Microsoft Corporation, and TDF general manager Nguyen Van Hanh (6th L) cut the ribbon to launch the Enabling Boat project - PHOTO: COURTESY OF TDF

Microsoft Vietnam and The Dariu Foundation (TDF) launched the “Enabling Boat” project last week, aiming to support disadvantaged youth in the Mekong Delta to get access to computer science and code literacy.

Enabling Boat will be carried out in three Mekong Delta provinces of Vinh Long, Tien Giang and Hau Giang as part of the annual project “Youth Spark Digital Inclusion”.

Microsoft Vietnam and TDF will provide computer skills and code literacy training courses for 35,000 students, of which 10,000 students will be trained with Scratch and Kodu.

Besides, more than 200 local teachers from the three provinces will be engaged in Training of Trainers (ToT) and participate in training workshops that aim to share experience in teaching methods of computer programming.

The project is also expected to create an environment for rural students to develop critical thinking, logic skills, creativity, and problem solving skills, and motivate them to build their future with technology.

“Thanks to Enabling Boat project, I had a chance to participate in the Hour of Code program. It was very exciting to learn coding with Minecraft Education. I hope this project can help me achieve my dream job as a programmer in the future,” said Nguyen Thi Tieu Yen, student of Luu Van Mot High School.

According to the Digital Transformation Study in Asia Pacific 2018 conducted by Microsoft and IDC, one of the biggest barriers to digital transformation is the lack of skills and resources.

“What we should care is to ensure every individual, especially the young generation, is prepared with the right skills for the future. Technology is the key to economic transformation and Microsoft is here to help,” said Pham The Truong, general director of Microsoft Vietnam.

Sharing about the cooperation with Microsoft, TDF general manager Nguyen Van Hanh wished to continue to receive support from Microsoft to accompany the rural students and teachers in the programming language training, thus improving educational level in the Mekong Delta.

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