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First-ever Digital Camp concludes

The top four will represent Bhutan at the grand finale in Bangkok in September

Twenty–one Bhutanese youth have completed participation in the first–ever Digital Camp that was organized at the Royal Institute of Management (RIM) in Thimphu from July 5–12.

Participants also took part in the national round of Digital Challenge held at the RIM on Thursday.

According to the press release issued by Bhutan Media and Communications Institute (BMCI), the camp is expected to create awareness about the digital landscape and future of digitization in Bhutan and worldwide.

“Very often the ICT initiatives focus on technical skills of 20% and forget the 80% of the people who need user skills to optimize the use of technology,” states the press release.

Meanwhile, the participants were groomed and trained by the ICT faculty of the RIM during the camp. Top two students were selected through preliminary tests in eight tertiary and three Higher Secondary Schools in May this year. More than 500 students registered for the competition.

Participants also sat for an ICDL test. While those who scored 75% and above were awarded ICDL Certificate (world’s leading computer skills certification) yesterday, the top four will represent Bhutan to compete with participants from 10 other countries from the region at the grand finale, which will be held in Bangkok in September.

The participating institutions include Faculty of Nursing and Public Health, Gaeddu College of Business Studies, Motithang Higher Secondary School, Paro College of Education, Pelkhil Higher Secondary School, RIM, Royal Thimphu College, Samtse College of Education, Sherubtse College, Jigme Namgyel Engineering College, Deothang and Yangchenphug Higher Secondary School.

The National Challenge was co-organized by RIM and BMCI as a part of the Regional Challenge organized by ICDL Asia, based in Singapore. The event was sponsored by Drukair, DHI and PSI, Thailand.

Staff Reporter from Thimphu