English fluency promoted in AZAM rural school outreach programme

MIRI: With rapid globalization, Sarawak needs to become a main driver and active participant in the digital economy, especially in its efforts to build up a workforce in preparation for Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0).

Besides having a solid foundation in Science, Mathematics and Technology as well as necessary soft skills for IR4.0, students will have to build up their fluency in English to be able to participate in developments in these fields.

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To boost English language learning and fluency in rural schools, Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak held a one-day “AZAM Rural School Motivation and Community Outreach Programme” on 11 April 2019 in Niah, Miri. The event which was held in collaboration with Subis District Office and supported by Faradale Holdings, also included the participation of AZAM members, AZAM Toastmasters Club and youth volunteer group AZAM Young Souls.

“Today’s program for students as well as for parents today are in line with Sarawak Government’s objectives to enhance English language standards in Sarawak and, to promote STEM and TVET as part of our need to achieve a Digital Economy that is a new reality to us,” said Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research (MESTR) permanent secretary Datu William Patrick Nyigor who officiated the outreach programme’s opening ceremony.

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“It is estimated that 90 per cent of jobs in IR4.0 will focus in engineering and science. Thus, the Sarawak government through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Research will be focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and English.

“An important segment of IR 4.0 is expected to be located in disciplinary areas such as electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, business administration and computer science,” added William Patrick, who is also AZAM deputy chairman.

“In the digital economy era, students must acquire self-study skills to remain relevant in this time of rapid change,” he said, adding that a survey by W3Techs in March 2018 that cited about 54 per cent (5.4 million) of the 10 million web sites were written in English, while websites in Indonesian Malay spanned 0.3 per cent (30,000 pages), emphasising the need to add English language fluency to students’ skill sets.

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One hundred and seventy students from Primaries Four to Six, and 45 participants from Parent- Teacher Associations (PTA) from SK Batu Niah, SK Rancangan Sepupok and SK Tanjung Berlipat took part in this programme aimed to boost rural students’ confidence in learning and using the English language, and thus contribute to rural community development.

Among the highlighted sessions were by AZAM Toastmasters Club titled “Boost Your English for Success”; interactive sessions with the students to boost their confidence to learn and use the English language, and a panel session with PTA groups titled “PTA contributions to 21st Century Education”.

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The panel session moderated by AZAM board member Sharkawi Yassin featured key speakers from Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (TEGAS) Chief Operating Officer Awangku Merali Pengiran Mohamed, SK Batu Niah PTA chairman Sebastian Janting Takin, and SK Batu Niah headmaster Abdul Rashid Yaakub.

The programme also saw AZAM donating about 500 new and pre-loved English language books to be divided among schools involved in this programme as part of the organisation’s initiatives to educate young students to read, learn and master the English language. The first book donation drive commenced in early February to date and was the result of generous donations from AZAM members, AZAM Toastmasters Club, AZAM Young Souls, and staff of AZAM.

For more information, contact AZAM Sarawak Community Development Officer Mohd Wasli at 082-411799 or email wasli@azam.org.my.

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Rural pupils learn English with AZAM Sarawak

MIRI: Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak continues its effort to boost rural students’ confidence in learning and using the English language.

In its latest endeavour, Azam held a one-day ‘Azam Rural School Motivation and Community Outreach Programme’ in Niah here yesterday.

The event, which was held in collaboration with Subis District Office and supported by Faradale Holdings, also saw the participation of Azam members, Azam Toastmasters Club and youth volunteer group Azam Young Souls.

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AZAM goes to rural school to teach English

KUCHING: Mastering the English language will be an essential skill for students hoping to be successful in STEM studies, especially in an increasingly digital era.

To boost interest and confidence in the usage of English in rural schools, Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak is organising a one-day rural school and community outreach programme.

The event will be held in collaboration with Subis District Office and supported by Faradale Holdings at Niah in Miri on April 11.

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SMA media briefing in digital economy agenda

KUCHING: Digital inclusivity is one of the key elements in the Sarawak Digital Economy (SDE) to create a digital-ready community through awareness and knowledge building, developing digital skills and competencies as well as promoting inclusive digital participation, which are all vital to ensuring the implementation and smooth facilitation of the Sarawak Government’s digital economy initiatives especially in change management.

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Sarawak Multimedia Authority to make open data analytical tools available to public once ready

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Media briefing on Digital Inclusivity

KUCHING: Digital inclusivity, whereby creating a digital-ready community through awareness- and knowledge-building, developing digital skills and competencies as well as promoting inclusive digital participation, are all vital to ensuring the implementation and smooth facilitation of the Sarawak Government’s digital economy agenda.

An important role to facilitating understanding among community stakeholders in the digital economy is by strengthening the media understanding of the key focus areas of the Sarawak Digital Economy. With that in mind, Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak and TV Sarawak is organising a half-day media briefing for the media called for Media on Digital Economy on 28 March 2019 in Kuching.

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SMA-AZAM continues community digital initiative workshop in Bintulu

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New digital innovations are transforming everyday business transactions and marketing, opening up new opportunities and creative ways for startups, entrepreneurs or small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to reach out to consumers on both domestic and international fronts.

From March 19-20, Sarawak Multimedia Authority in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak held the second edition of its Community Digital Initiative workshop series at SMA-TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub, Bintulu.

SMA-AZAM’s workshop on building community awareness on digital economy in Bintulu was an important initiative by both organisations to transform Sarawak’s conventional economy to a digital economy.

Associate Professor Dr Johari Abdullah gave the participants an overview of IR 4.0 in his presentation called "Memastikan masyarakat louar bandar Sarawak yang 'digital-ready'
Associate Professor Dr Johari Abdullah gave the participants an overview of IR 4.0 in his presentation called “Memastikan masyarakat luar bandar Sarawak yang ‘digital-ready'”

Conducted by representatives from government and private sectors such as SMA, University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), and local industry players, the workshop aimed to empower Village Development and Security Committees (JKKK) and entrepreneurs with relevant e-commerce marketing skills and networking that could enable them to mobilise their respective communities to initiate activities that promote and nurture the digital economy.

Approximately 50 participants comprising selected JKKK members and local entrepreneurs from Bintulu Division attended this one-and-a-half-day workshop.

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The main objectives of this workshop were to provide a platform for local community leaders and JKKK to play their role as state development frontliners in motivate and mobilise their communities to be digital-ready. To achieve this objective, a representative from SMA gave a summary of Sarawak’s digital economy strategy to better facilitate participants’ understanding and implementation of digital initiatives within their communities.

SMA Digital Village Unit Administrative Officer Amirrul Rizwan Mohd Abd Hafiz delivering his session on the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy.
SMA Digital Village Unit Administrative Officer Amirrul Rizwan Mohd Abd Hafiz delivering his session on the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy.

Other workshop highlights were knowledge sharing sessions from successful industry players like apparel and accessories entrepreneur Neng Kho Razali, on how to leverage on digital platforms to market original Bornean designs to the international market, and agro-based entrepreneur Heineken Laluan on packaging, shipping, and selling local produce to global markets.

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Accessories entrepreneur Neng Kho Razali outlining her experiences in entrepreneurship and how she leveraged on free tools on social media to push her fashion business to the local market.

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Bintulu Deputy Resident Hussaini Hakim represented Samalaju assemblyman Majang Renggi as he officiated the closing ceremony where workshop participants also received their certificates of participation.

The first edition of this workshop was held in Lawas last year.

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