Raspberry Pi Takes Root in Elementary Schools to Boost Computer Literacy

Sarawak aims to train 1,265 primary school teachers on Raspberry Pi by the end of this year.

Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive, credit card-sized computer that lets students explore computing and learn programming languages ​​like Scratch and Python.

National Education, Innovation and Talent Development Minister Datuk Roland Sagah said to achieve the target, his ministry plans to train at least one teacher from every primary school in Sarawak, spread across 30 school districts.

“This means that by the end of this year, we would have trained 1,265 teachers in the basics of using Raspberry Pi,” he said when presenting the certificate for a Raspberry Pi program.

The three-week program was jointly organized by Sarawak University of Technology (UTS) and Swinburne University of Technology in Sarawak.

According to Sagah, his ministry had achieved an ambitious goal in 2021 to foster innovation and digital skills in young children through the use of Raspberry Pi.

“To date, our ministry has provided over 9,000 Raspberry Pi sets, including monitors, keyboards and mice, to primary schools across Sarawak.

“This is in line with our goal to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) education to students across the state. “, he added.

Over the past two months, UTS has conducted six pilot training sessions for 221 teachers in Sibu, Sarikei, Julau, Kanowit, Song, Belaga, Meradong, Selangau and Betong.

The training of the UTS and its partners includes four levels spread over three years.

“It has been conducted in the southern and central region but will also be extended to the northern region of the state,” he said, adding that the program would encourage students to learn computer skills and become confident in problem solving.

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