| Izah Azahari |
THE Ministry of Education (MoE) and Microsoft (B) Sdn Bhd recently inked a deal to bolster mutual cooperation. The renewal of the ‘Partners In Learning’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was first signed in 2008 which is now extended to 2018.
Signing on behalf of MoE was Haji Abd Rahim bin Derus, the Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), in the presence of Zainal Abidin bin Haji Kepli, the Acting Assistant Director of ICT. Signing on behalf of Microsoft (B) Sdn Bhd was Haniza Zakariya, the Country Manager of Microsoft. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Microsoft APAC Education Director, Beth Watson.
“The current education system, SPN21, recognises the need to prepare Brunei citizens to become competitive individuals to meet the social and economic challenges of the 21st Century,” Haji Abd Rahim said.
Haniza Zakariya said this is definitely another great milestone for the country and that Microsoft (B) Sdn Bhd is thankful for the continuous trust reposed in them with the MoU.
“In aligning with Microsoft’s new ‘mobile first cloud first world’ focus, we would like to empower Brunei’s teachers and students to be more productive, anywhere they are and on any digital tool of their choice, in their efforts, whether in designing lesson plans or completing school projects, or learning from others,” explained Microsoft Brunei’s country manager. Haniza added that the end goal is to support the competitiveness and employability of future citizens.
Beth, meanwhile, complemented Haniza’s statement by saying that Microsoft has always seen technology as an important enabler of quality education, and the MoU underscores the long-term commitment to Brunei and the vision of a holistic transformation of the Brunei’s education system through technology.
“Throughout Microsoft’s eight years in Brunei, we have invested over US$600,000 in supporting the digital literacy of local teachers and students. This is in line with the Ministry of Education’s vision to prepare the younger generation for their future roles as capable, creative, thinking citizens who are able to contribute to as well as benefit their families, community and society,” added Beth.