Digital literacy among young people is crucial to achieve the sustainable development goals and to make Bangladesh progressive and tolerant, said AJM Nasir Uddin, Mayor of Chattogram City Corporation on Thursday.
The Chattogram mayor made the remarks while delivering speech at the “Digital Khichuri Challenge” in the port city, said a press release.Partnering with Facebook and Bangladesh ICT Division, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) initiated the event in 2016.
It is aimed to glean ideas from the youth with a view to building a more peaceful and tolerant society and promoting cultural diversity.
The mayor stressed the importance of digital literacy among the young people to prevent cybercrime and propaganda.
He said a hundred million of its current population are aged 30 or below. But the youth population is heterogeneous.
Platform like Digital Khichuri can bring the group together and find a common solution to promote the cultural diversity in Bangladesh, he continued.
Mayor Nasir said facebook can be a strong tool to be self-employed but at the same time if used inappropriately it can be a dangerous tool for the youth.Before the final day, participants of the Digital Khichuri Challenge spent two days in an ‘Idea-Lab’ to brainstorm ideas and presented it in front of the jury panel.
Among eight teams, “Are You Serious,” won the first prize, worth USD 5000, for their idea on addressing the issue of racism and intolerance with comedy.
The two runners-up were, “Team Shadhin” for their idea on tackling the issues of fake news through citizen journalism, and “Team Surge Foundation” for their online counter narrative idea.
Among others, Mahmuda Afroz, Robert Stoelman, Shidartho Goushami from UNDP, Tina Jabeen from the ICT Innovation, spoke at the event.