Microsoft's YES scheme 'helps young Thais develop full potential'

business May 04, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Microsoft (Thailand) has awarded certificates to 200 students from six schools after they completed IT study under the Tech Training to Help Extend Youth Empowerment Space (YES) programme in Phuket province.

Partnering Microsoft at the Phuket provincial office was the National Council for Children and Youth Development (NCYD).
YES is one of four schemes under Microsoft’s global YouthSpark programme launched in Thailand last year. “Microsoft YouthSpark is a company-wide initiative to create opportunities for 300 million youth around the world over the next three years so they can create a real impact for a better tomorrow. “Through partnerships with government agencies, academia, NGOs and businesses, Microsoft YouthSpark aims to empower youth to imagine and realise their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship,” said Haresh Khoobchandani, managing director of Microsoft Thailand.
Under the YES programme, Microsoft works with NCYD to train educators and students in all regions of Thailand to enhance their IT capabilities, including cloud computing. 
“The advent of cloud computing creates vast new opportunities to extend education opportunities to all students and to prepare them to compete in the upcoming AEC,” said Haresh.
Teachers and students in Thailand have vast potential – they are being recognised globally for their imaginative innovations under these education programmes. Microsoft believes that all students in Thailand deserve an opportunity to enhance their skills so they can compete with their counterparts in other Asean countries, he said.
The YES programme will reach students, teachers, school administrators in 25 schools and universities in cities where opportunity and learning gaps have been identified. After training and certification, students will transfer their knowledge to peers in school as well as their community.
“We have identified a growing opportunity gap for young people in provincial cities such as Phuket who don’t have the access, skills and opportunities to be successful,” said Maitri Inthusut, Phuket provincial governor. “There are 5 C’s of new competencies our students must learn. Collaboration and communication are two of them. This is why we are pleased to partner with Microsoft and NCYD to put technology in the hands of our youth to get them on the path to develop those competencies so they can have greater employability and a brighter future.”
Microsoft Thailand said it is deeply committed to supporting a holistic transformation of learning that gives a real impact on educational outcomes, and enables learning for all, anytime, anywhere.
“YouthSpark is one commitment, and is part of the global education and innovation programme we are running for all Thai youth, from primary school all the way to post-university. Our Partners in Learning, Imagine Cup, DreamSpark and BizSpark have already benefited over 10 million teachers and students since Microsoft Thailand was established here 20 years ago.”
“Microsoft always believes education is the single most important investment in the future of nations, communities and individuals, and Microsoft will continue to invest in education in Thailand for many more years to come,” said Haresh.