Mary Snapp, President of Microsoft Philanthropies, announced YouthSpark grants to over 100 non-profit organizations in 55 countries.
These grants are part of Microsoft’s three-year, US$75 million commitment to increase access to computer science education for all youth, especially those from under-represented backgrounds. Here in Malaysia, Microsoft has awarded the grant to Yayasan Generasi Gemilang (GG) - a foundation committed to building a strong nation by raising an exemplary next-generation and strengthening families.
|Mary Snapp, President of Microsoft Philanthropies|
All the non-profits have local programs designed to provide youth with opportunities focused on computational thinking and computer programming – skills that will better prepare them for successful careers, no matter what industry they choose. Why is this important to Malaysia? We feel that it is so as local data had shown in 2015, Malaysia has about 85,000 science and technology graduates, but the country still requires at least 500,000 by 2020 for us to achieve developed nation status.
Our partner Generasi Gemilang says that the grant will help them to extend their ongoing effort to more than 1,200 youths across urban Malaysia and into far interiors of East Malaysia. Through their uniquely designed NextGen XLR8 program, they will be able to help youths acquire and learn Microsoft software skills, while at the same time, infuse teachings of self-worth and identity, oral presentation skills and financial literacy through the use of Microsoft’s software.