HP Modular Tech Hubs Improve the Computer Skills of Female Students

Jan 21, 2020 – Digital penetration at the high school level in emerging countries (including Indonesia) is still relatively low. World Bank data for 2016 shows that only 17.75% of families / households in Indonesia have a computer (or notebook) at home. This figure is much lower than other countries in Southeast Asia, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. As the ability to operate a computer is one of the basic skills required when applying for a job, school leavers in Indonesia are at a disadvantage.

At the end of 2019, Prestasi Junior Indonesia began a collaboration with Hewlett Packard Inc. to implement the HP Modular Tech Hubs program at SMKN 14 Jakarta, SMKN 27 Jakarta, SMKN 37 Jakarta and SMKN 57 Jakarta. In these four hospitality focused vocational schools with a majority female enrollments, PJI and HP built the innovative tech hubs with a total of 75 computer devices equipped with Microsoft software. In addition, the teachers have been trained by Microsoft professionals to teach the students about HP Life curriculum and Microsoft software.

Through a digital infrastructure development program at school, both HP Inc. and Prestasi Junior Indonesia strives to encourage the creation of interactive technology-based learning experiences for young people. In addition, the use of digital devices in schools helps students to prepare and improve their skills needed for the future work.

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