Maxis eKelas: The first structured, after-school learning programme is here
Maxis has launched Maxis eKelas, an after-school digital learning initiative that emphasises rural and urban poor areas in Malaysia, and especially students who cannot afford after-school help or tuition.
After a year of piloting the corporate responsibility programme, Maxis was ready to officially introduce it and reveal more details to members of the media as well as MCMC’s Chief Sector, Communications and Digital Ecosystem Cluster, Dato’ Mohd. Ali Hanafiah, who was present to officially launch the initiative.
Set up at ten out of the 118 centres or Pusat Internet 1Malaysia under Maxis’s care, the programme involved teachers getting connected to over 1200 students in rural areas via the Internet and tools like live video conferencing.
To enable this, Maxis had to upgrade backhaul speeds to these centres, from 4Mbps to 8Mbps. Moving forward into 2017, Maxis wants to enable another ten centres with eKelas digital learning capabilities, with the final goal of enabling all 118 centres over the next five years.
Maxis’ Head of Corporate Affairs, Mariam Bevi Batcha also shared that Maxis’ ambition is to develop a portal whereby students can access curated Malaysian syllabus educational content for self-paced learning and collaboration.
Dato’ Ali Shafie had shared his, “…earnest hope that Maxis continues its eKelas programme” and that one day it would be able to extend it to all the Internet centres under its care, as well as those being supervised by other local telcos.
To the latter idea, he added the challenging question, “Why not?”
Pusat Internet 1Malaysia is an initiative under MCMC that aims to address the digital divide in the country and is in line with Malaysia’s National Broadband Initiative.