CHILDREN as young as seven can now learn computer programming to better understand the use of technology and its benefits.
They can attend the after-school programme at the Penang Digital Library (PDL) in Jalan Masjid Negeri which offers classes on creative computing, mobile app development and web designing.
The classes cater to children aged between seven and 15.
They are a collaborative effort between Chief Minister Incorporated (CMI) and Telebort Technologies Sdn Bhd, a mobile learning centre founded by Universiti Sains Malaysia graduates.
Telebort Technologies executive director Kee Chong Wei said the children were not expected to come with any prior knowledge of coding or programming.
“We just focus on the software aspect of learning and teach them to become a creator rather than a mere consumer.
“It’s a good time for them to learn as their brain is still developing,” he said during the launch of the initiative at Penang Digital Library recently.
Kee said the after-school-programme featured three core programmes, each with 16 lessons.
“Each programme will span four months and once the participants have gone through one programme, they can progress to the following one which will be more advanced.
“They will start out with the foundation programme in creative computing before progressing to mobile app development and then to web design.
“The two-hour long lessons take place once a week during the weekends,” he said.
Kee said the students would be provided with a progress report for their parents to monitor their learning progress as well as an academic transcript and a certificate.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who launched the programme said it was in line with the state government’s effort to expose children to technology from a young age.
Classes for the core programme begin this Sunday at a cost of RM150 per month (four lessons).
For further details and to register, visit https://www.telebort.com/pdl.