SIBU: At least one teacher from every primary school or 30 district educations in Sarawak will undergo Raspberry Pi training by the end of this year.
Speaking to the media after the Raspberry Pi training certificate presentation at Universiti Teknologi Sarawak (UTS) yesterday, Minister for Education, Innovation and Talent Development, Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn said that by the end of this year, Sarawak would be training as many as 1,265 teachers in the basic use of Raspberry Pi.
He also said the ministry, back in 2021, had the goal of instilling innovation and digital skills among schoolchildren through the use of Raspberry Pi.
“So far, the ministry has provided at least 9,000 units of Raspberry Pi, including monitor, keyboard and mouse, to primary schools in Sarawak.
“This is in line with our objectives to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and ICT education among students,” said the Tarat assemblyman.
Sagah added that since two months ago, UTS had helped provide six training sessions to 221 teachers in Sibu, Sarikei, Julau, Kanowit, Song, Belaga, Meradong, Selangau and Betong.
He said training would not only be held in the southern and central regions but also the northern region.
UTS vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Khairuddin Ab Hamid said the Raspberry Pi training programme was a result of the collaboration between UTS and Swinburne University Technology.
Raspberry Pi is a low cost credit card size computer that is connected to the computer monitor.
It is a multi-use software that enable students to explore computerisation alongside learning how to programme in languages such as Scratch and Python.
Also present at the ceremony were deputy ministers Dr Annuar Rapaee and Datuk Francis Harden Hollis.