Empowering vulnerable groups with digital skills

(From second from left) Rais Hussin, Mohammad and Surina with members of the newly unveiled “Geng #SayaDigital” and #SayaDigital participants at the movement’s launch.

Government agency Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) has launched its #SayaDigital movement on a national level at PPR Hiliran Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.

This initiative aims to improve the digital skills of Malaysians, enabling them to seize opportunities in the digital economy.

It will also provide strong support to the Malaysian Digital Economy Blueprint that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced in February.

The programme is designed to get the B40 group, youths and senior citizens involved in the digital economy.

Present at the launch were Communications and Multimedia Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohammad Mentek, MDEC chairman Datuk Wira Dr Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff and MDEC chief executive officer Surina Shukri.

To kick-start the movement, three pilot programmes were held to raise digital literacy awareness among participants, with the latest being held at Kampung Desa Temuan in Bukit Lanjan last month.

The participants attended a series of interactive workshops that exposed them to the digital skills needed to face challenges in the new normal.

This year’s #SayaDigital movement focuses on four components, namely training young people to become “Geng #SayaDigital” volunteers, creating awareness through digital literacy activities, conducting digital readiness assessments and providing basic digital skills training to the community.

To date, 25 “Geng #SayaDigital” have already been formed, including in Sabah and Sarawak.

The campaign aims to benefit 10,000 Malaysians in socio-economically vulnerable rungs across the country.

MDEC has designed 12 adaptation and digital literacy programmes.

Some 2,000 participants are expected to participate in the basic digital literacy training course.

They will be working closely with 100 volunteers who are also known as “Geng #SayaDigital” ambassadors.

The #SayaDigital campaign started last year, as part of MDEC’s efforts to support Malaysians and local businesses to step up digitalisation measures that will help to reduce the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

MDEC introduced several initiatives through the campaign, such as SME Digital Summit, #YoungCreators Movement, #MYDigitalWorkforce Week and Gig and Freelance Expo as high-impact engagements for those who want to improve their skills as well as for young individuals just entering the workforce.

For details, visit https://mdec.my/sayadigital

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