A two-day National Children and Youth Programming Contest was held across the country on June 2 and 3.
A leading youth platform 'Young Bangla' and Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) jointly organized the contest to motivate children in programming.
The contest was organised at district-level giving a boost to build skill and information technology literate youths for future to help materialize the dream of Digital Bangladesh.
Winning teams from district-level 'Scratch and Python' programming contest were invited to participate in the national campaign and the ultimate round of the contest.
A total of 5400 participants from 64 districts competed for the district-level contest, 2700 participants in scratch programming and 2700 in python.
Scratch is a visual programming language targeted primarily at children where they can make their own interactive stories, games and animations and share with the online community.
On the other hand, Python is a general-purpose interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, and high-level programming language.
Earlier, an intensive training event was held between May 12 and May 30 for 5400 students of 64 districts in 180 Sheikh Russell Digital Labs across the country.
A Training of Trainers (TOT) programme was also held on April 16-17 at Krishibid Institute for 360 ICT teachers and Lab Coordinators of Sheikh Russell Digital labs.
In a recent event of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) summit, Prime Minister's ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy announced to involve ICT schooling for primary school students.
"As the priority of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to build a skilled and IT adept youth for future, CRI (Centre for Research and Information) is carrying out a special programming contest all over the country to motivate children into programming in association with ICT Division Bangladesh" said Posts, Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar.
CRI Associate Coordinator Tonmoy Ahmed said, “For the first time we are calling primary level students to participate in scratch programming contest and we are introducing a proper programming contest where participants will learn and have to do coding in contests not just a quiz test like past years”.