20 September, 2019 5:36 PM

ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme

The ASEAN Digital Innovation Programme (ADIP) is a joint initiative programme between the ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft, which aims to create a generation of future-ready ASEAN youth. The programme serves as a platform to provide quality digital skills' training, specifically computer science education training, to underserved youth aged 15 to 35 across seven selected ASEAN Member States, namely Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

The programme itself was officially launched through the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the ASEAN Foundation and Microsoft on 14 March 2019 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia, witnessed by the Secretary-General of ASEAN Lim Jock Hoi.

Aimed at building the digital skills of 46,000 youths, the programme blends learning programme of in-person activities and online learning journey called Future Ready ASEAN website. The programme strives to achieve its goal by empowering 520 educators in collaboration with higher education institutions, civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations and with support from Microsoft, local governments and communities in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Those 520 educators will in turn equip 46,000 underserved youths aged 15-35 years old in those 7 counties with digital skills that will enable them to strive in industrial revolutions 4.0. The main beneficiaries of the programme are female, with 80% of them are underserved youth who reside in slum and remote areas, and do not have access to proper digital skills' education. Priority is given to underserved youth, with an emphasis on females, because they are at the high risk of unemployment, being left behind in the digital era. It's also because of the fact that females are thoroughly under-represented in the SEA technology sector.

To date, a total of 14 training of trainers have been conducted, reaching over 530 educators to train them on how to deliver inclusive and gender-responsive CS training using the tool kit. Following the workshops, a blog-making competition called Future Ready ASEAN competition will be held on 28 - 29 November 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The competition invites and challenges youth and mentor alike to apply and build an impactful blog from scratch that can serve as a platform to drive sustainability in the communities by using the Digital Citizen track in the Future Ready ASEAN's website as a basis.

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