The training program was held in Krishibid Institute Bangladesh and had 360 ICT teachers of schools from all over the country and Lab Coordinators of Sheikh Russell Digital labs.
As priority of Honorable 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 childrens into programming in association with ICT Division Bangladesh. Honorable Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Post Telecommunications and ICT, has addressed in 2nd day of Training of Trainers (ToT) of National Children & Youth programming contest 2018. A meeting held at BCC (Bangladesh computer council) Bhaban on 11th March in presence of ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar and CRI officials to success the National programming contest 2018.
This year is going to be bigger and better, for the first time primary school students can participate in scratch in this competition. Scratch is an interactive platform for talented students to create and share with online friends.
There are two phase competition for primary schools and high schools this year. Students from 64 districts will be invited to participate and Winners from the districts will be invited to Dhaka for the final round:
1. Scratch is a visual programming language targeted primarily at children where they can make their own interactive stories, games and animations and share with online community. Students of class 3-5 can participate in this phase of competition. Contest will take places in the Sheikh Russell Digital Labs.
2. Python Students of high schools (Class 6-10) will compete in Python. Python is a general-purpose interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, and high-level programming language. CRI is providing a grounding training for participants before the contest. Schools with Sheikh Russell Digital Labs will be initially the centre for contest. This contest was initially introduced from 2015 where 500 schools participated from 8 regional areas. In 2016 this competition covered thousands of schools in 64 districts and more than 43000 students from all over Bangladesh were involved in this competition In 2017.