Maxis' ASEAN Cyberkids programme is part of the Malaysian telco's efforts to help bridge the digital divide by distributing ICT skills and tools to the students of ASEAN countries, it said, during the closing ceremony of its ASEAN Cyberkids Camp (ACC) 2012.
Themed 'We are stronger when we are connected', the ASEAN Cyberkids Camp (ACC) 2012 continues to promote ICT knowledge as well as diversity and integration amongst ASEAN youth, said Maxis chief executive officer Sandip Das during the ceremony on 1 November 2012, which was officiated by the deputy minister of Information Communication and Culture (MICC), YB Dato' Joseph Salan, and attended by government regulator Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) chairman, YBhg Dato' Mohamed Sharil Mohamed Tarmizi; and Maxis chairman YM Raja Tan Sri Dato' Seri Arshad Raja Tun Uda.
Das said the ACC 2012, held from Oct 29 to Nov 2, saw a total of 76 participants, comprising students aged between 13-17 years old and teachers from eight ASEAN countries together with India joining this year's camp activities.
Malaysia was represented by four teams at the camp, which included two national winners of the Maxis Cyberkids National Challenge 2012, from SMK Belaga, Sarawak and SMK St Michael, Sandakan, Sabah.
This year is especially significant for Maxis as its Cyberkids Programme celebrates the 10th anniversary, added Das. The Maxis Cyberkids Programme is the flagship community project by Maxis to spread ICT knowledge amongst students in support of the Government's call to bridge the digital divide in the country.
Since its inception in 2008, the ACC has reached out to more than 300 students and 105 teachers and has created a significant impact on the lives of these individuals by leveraging ICT as an enabler for education, he said.
The ACC exposes participants to the latest ICT technology and introduces them to innovative and creative methods of learning using the latest ICT technology. ACC is open to participants from ASEAN countries, ASEAN Dialogue Partners countries i.e. Korea, Japan and China and also Maxis affiliate companies in India and Sri Lanka. The made-in-Malaysia programme is hosted and jointly organised annually by MICC, MCMC and Maxis, and is an extension of the successful home grown Maxis Cyberkids Camp.
Photo - (from left): Mohd Norman from SMK St Michael, Sabah, explaining to YB Dato’ Joseph Salang on his school’s project entitled “Android Tutorial.”
Integrating the ASEAN family with ICT
YB Dato' Joseph Salang, said, "Friendship and integration into an ASEAN family using ICT as a platform is exactly what the ASEAN Ministers and Senior Officials of ICT wish to promote. The more you understand about each other's cultures and traditions, the closer you become and your respect for each other grows. By 2015, we hope that ASEAN will become a family. With more of these Camps, we also hope to make teenagers like yourselves feel like you all belong to the same ASEAN family.
"The ASEAN Cyberkids Camp would not be possible without exemplary corporate citizens like Maxis. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Maxis for having reached the 10th Anniversary of their Cyberkids Camp initiative," said Salang. "Ten years is a long time to sustain any effort but to have done so in such a consistently good manner is something to be proud of and we applaud them on reaching this significant milestone."
Maxis' Sri Arshad, said, "Maxis has throughout the years, with our business and CSR initiatives, strived to provide a lasting positive impact on the lives of the communities in which we operate. The benefits of the ASEAN Cyberkids programme are immense in that it further expands our focus on bridging the digital divide, as well as integration and capacity building amongst school children within the ASEAN region.
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