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Nat’l Children and Youth Programming Contest: The Biggest Programming Contest in Bangladesh

In a space of last eight years, under the able leadership of Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh has been elevated to lower middle income country, is scripting an exceptional success story on every economic fronts and is booming ahead to becoming a middle-income country by its 50th birthday in 2021.

Envisaged by the Government, the concept of “Digital Bangladesh” has been attributed a lot to this endeavor in transforming the future of this land into a technologically advanced one. A key tool to this Digital Bangladesh concept lies in making strides in human resource development, people involvement, civil services and use of information technology in business.

Programming is a distinctive process to scout out creativity, especially in problem-solving and entertainment. Through programming, one can develop new video games, graphics and animations to showcase new business ideas or to resolve a particular problem. One can also make own interactive stories, games and animations and share with the online.

National Children & Youth Programming Contest 2018 has been devised and is floated to make young minds interested in getting engaged in programming at the grassroots across the country. The event was launched by leading youth platform Young Bangla and Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) jointly organizing the event this year – an initiative to find out and scale up the country’s finest programmers from school goers. Another goal is to instill a culture of becoming a programmer in children minds. All these set of goals are completely aligned with the government’s Digital Bangladesh vision, laying the foundation for future innovators and pioneers.

And with the introduction of this contest, this year things got bigger and better. For the first time, kids from grade 3 to a number of 10 graders got the scope to take part in the competition.

National Children and Youth Programming Contest will give a boost to build skilled and information technology youths for future to help materialize the dream of Digital Bangladesh.
In a recent event of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Summit, Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed announced to involve ICT schooling for Primary School students.

Bangladesh has spawned a wave of tech-savvy youth whose initiatives are contributing to Bangladesh’s progress towards the SDGs besides the government innovations and interventions. Internet expansion has made Bangladesh the second most favorite country for freelancing according to the Oxford Internet Institute.

“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 children into programming in association with ICT Division Bangladesh” – Honorable Minister Mustafa Jabbar.

Following is a Detailed Description on the Journey of the Programming Contest

The competition was divided into two segments
1. Scratch
2. Python

Scratch Programming for Children
Young Bangla strives to make sure that the children of this generation need to be prepared for the challenges of tomorrow and should be able to accept the hurdles lying ahead and lead Bangladesh to the substantial future. So we started involving children in programming in an interesting platform Scratch where they can create stories, share ideas and interact with other Students of Class 3 to 5 are invited to participate in Scratch programming contest from all 64 Districts.

Python for High School Students
Python is a powerful and object-oriented high-level programming language. It has very simple easy-to-use syntax, which makes it the perfect language for someone trying to learn computer programming for the first time.

Primary stage of National Children & Youth Programming contest
The event was mainly focused on students from the remote areas. Initially, as many as 180 Sheikh Russell Digital Lab were selected in 64 districts as venue for training and district-level contests. And then a two-day event Training of Trainers (ToT) was held on 16th and 17th May for ICT teachers and Lab coordinators of the selected labs at Krishibid Institute Bangladesh (KIB). Honorable Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Post Telecommunication & ICT, was present and addressed the importance of the National Children and Youth Programming Contest – 2018.

Secondary-stage of National Children & Youth Programming contest 2018
Students and guardians are informed about the National Children & Programming Contest. A comprehensive training started for the youngsters in Sheikh Russell digital Labs from 12th May to 30th May.

Registration: A total of 5400 students registered for District-level contest throughout the country. The scratch contest was team wise, each team was form of three Primary Level kids in it and Python was an individual contest for High School students.



On 2nd June 900 team of 2700 kids sat for district-level Scratch contest and 2700 aspirants from Bangladeshi High School Students sat for an onsite and online contest on Codemarshal (An online platform for hosting programming contest).

Final stage of the Children & Youth Programming Contest

National Children & Youth Programming Contest 2018: Four-Day Camp held in Savar
The four-day event of The National Children & Youth Programming Contest inaugurated on 7th June with a scratch training session ahead of the National Scratch contest very next day.

A total of 55 scratch team, scouted from 64 districts, for demonstrating their skills, were provided with the training on 9th June and sat in an onsite contest clinch the National Pythoneer title.

While the event is taking place at the Sheikh Hasina National Youth Centre at Savar, a team comprising teachers from Institute of IT (IIT), Dhaka University has been deployed to take charge of the supervision of the contestants.

National Scratch Camp and Contest – 7th & 8th June 2018

The Sheikh Hasina Youth Center was filled up of little programmers. Most of the team reached the resident of Sheikh Hasina Youth Center the day before National Scratch camp. Students and guardians were observed so excited, they got involved in playing football at morning, Walking around with parents and the serious one has seen practicing in the lab.

National Scratch Camp started at sharp 10:00am. A total of 53 Scratch teams sharpen up their skill the big day ahead of National Scratch Contest. Honorable Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Post Telecommunication & ICT visited the venue on contest day.

National Python Camp and Contest – 9th & 10th June 2018
Qualified Pythoneers from District-level contest started arriving at Sheikh Hasina National Youth Centre a day before the camp. High school students divided into two group to compete in python contest-
1. Senior (Class 9-10)
2. Junior (Class 6-8)

On June 9, as many as 128 python programmers were given an intensive training to scale up their capacities before they battle it out in the final contest scheduled for the following day.
Honorable Minister Mustafa Jabbar, Post Telecommunication & ICT Visited the venue before the contest begin to motivate the students.

The grand Finale: Prize Ceremony
The titles of the National winners is to be revealed soon and the award giving ceremony is likely to take place in July where Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will hand over awards among the winners.