Dia­log hosts cod­ing and robotics work­shop for Club Vi­sion cus­tomers’ chil­dren

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - ICT -

Dia­log Ax­i­ata PLC re­cently hosted a cod­ing and robotics work­shop for chil­dren of Dia­log Club Vi­sion cus­tomers at the Dia­log Head Of­fice Au­di­to­rium.

An ini­tia­tive by the Sri Lanka As­so­ci­a­tion of Soft­ware and Ser­vice Com­pa­nies (SLASSCOM), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dia­log, joined hands to carry out this novel ini­tia­tive, a work­shop on cod­ing and robotics for kids. The work­shop not only al­lowed chil­dren to gain an un­der­stand­ing on ba­sic IT skills at an early age, but also en­cour­aged the next gen­er­a­tion to take up IT as a pro­fes­sion in the fu­ture.

The work­shop drew close to fifty chil­dren be­tween the ages of seven to twelve, who ex­pe­ri­enced the thrill of de­vel­op­ing games with sim­u­la­tions to learn cod­ing and robotics skills with the sup­port of Tec Sri Lanka. The young as­pir­ing coders were di­vided into sev­eral teams and given an op­por­tu­nity to code a Star Wars game, in which win­ning teams were re­warded with Dia­log Vir­tual Re­al­ity (VR) sets. Fur­ther­ing their dig­i­tal na­tive skills, the teams were also ex­posed to pro­gram­ming of ro­bots. Dia­log Ax­i­ata Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Supun Weeras­inghe and Cor­po­rate Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and Ax­i­ata Group Ber­had South Asia Re­gional Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Dr. Hans Wi­jaya­suriya ad­dressed the gath­er­ing and fur­ther re-it­er­ated the im­por­tance of cod­ing and Dia­log’s role in spear­head­ing dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion amongst the next gen­er­a­tion of mak­ers and movers. Dia­log Ax­i­ata PLC Group Chief Cus­tomer Of­fi­cer San­dra De Zoysa said: “The work­shop set aside a whole day to teach chil­dren on how to code and help them un­der­stand the ba­sic me­chan­ics of cod­ing, with the goal of ed­u­cat­ing, en­abling and en­sur­ing chil­dren are equipped with tools and skills that will be es­sen­tial for their ed­u­ca­tion. Sri Lanka has a global rep­u­ta­tion in best-in-class soft­ware de­vel­op­ment and through this ini­tia­tive we hope to truly equip a gen­er­a­tion that will ex­pe­ri­ence the fu­ture, to­day.”

“We be­lieve that it is im­por­tant to ex­pose chil­dren to cod­ing as part of their early ed­u­ca­tion so that they com­pre­hend its vast po­ten­tial and take a keen in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy right from their for­ma­tive years,” she added.

The young as­pir­ing coders with (From left) Dia­log Ax­i­ata PLC Group Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Supun Weeras­inghe, Cor­po­rate Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent and Ax­i­ata Group Ber­had South Asia Re­gional Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Dr. Hans Wi­jaya­suriya and Dia­log Ax­i­ata PLC Group Chief Cus­tomer Of­fi­cer San­dra De Zoysa

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