Competen-SEA Dissemination Event in Penang, Malaysia

On 20th Aug 2019, team members Dr Radziah Adam and Prof Dr Noraida Endut presented about the CompetenSEA Project, focusing on the MOOC for Single Mothers in a session entitled “Sharing of Innovative Practice in Using Digital Media”. This session is part of the event “Stakeholder Consultation: Driving Refugee Empowerment through Digital Inclusion in Southeast Asia” organised by the Centre for Research on Women and Gender (KANITA), Universiti Sains Malaysia in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom. The event was organised with the support if the Global Challenges Research Fund. The presentation garnered much interest from the stakeholders who are keen to see the project’s application to benefit refugee communities.

The stakeholders included academics, government agencies such as the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), domestic and international NGOs such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and TECH Outreach – Empowering Disadvantaged Women Communities, and most importantly, representatives from the refugee communities such as the Coalition of Rohingya Organisations in Malaysia. Concerns such as the need for community champions who can bridge between the language gap between the refugees and existing MOOC content were raised as issues that should be explored in greater detail.

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