Computing illiteracy for teenagers in difficult coastal areas

On December 3rd, 2017, at Cua Van floating cultural center, Ha Long, Quang Ninh, parents of the old fishing village, the generation hasn't used computer and Internet, expressed their emotion when their children can access to computer and also are taught to use several basic computer skills.

A study tour and community dialogue include the participation of representatives from Department of Education and Traning of Ha Long city, the Management Board (MB) of Ha Long Bay, Youth Union, Officers from some wards together with parents and teenagers who participated in "Dream Boat" project. The meeting between Management Board, fishermen, local youths working at Cua Van not only raises awareness of environmental protection and cultural heritage of Ha Long Bay, but also attracts support from parents, local authority to youths who still have limited access to computer, helping them to learn and develop their lives and careers through information technology (IT) and computer science.

During this tour, the delegation was introduced about the model of Cua Van floating cultural center, a place to preserve artifacts and documents about economic and spiritual life of Ha Long fishermen, also participants can listen sharing about marine conservation and heritage values promotion project of the Gulf which are conducting.

Ms Ho Thi Yen Thu - Deputy CEO of MCD Vietnam shared about the opportunities to access information technology, environmental protection knowledge: "Dream Boat project has carried out in Quang Ninh province since the early 2017 with the aim of bringing information technology, raising awareness and enhancing capacity in information technology, computing and knowledge related to climate change, environmental protection for adolescents and coastal community. The project has directly trained more than 150 teachers, over 200 local youths and the events spread information to thousand of others. It is very proud to witness their maturity, to see them confidently express their dreams of participating in building and protecting homeland through innovative computer science products".

At the meeting, teenagers who directly attended training courses of this project showed their fun and lively creative products, which are results from learning basic computing knowledge and skills; application to express thoughts, actions in protecting heritage in Ha Long Bay and hope for a better future. Besides, accessing to information technology helps them to change their mind and improve their knowledge about life and marine environment through the process of learning, this will be useful for them in studying and life. So, they are more marure and become knowledgeable and skilled citizens.

"Dream Boat" project is funded by Microsoft group, computers are aided by Acer company, and the project is co-organized by Center for Marine Life Conservation and Community Development (MCD) and Vietnet Information & Technology and Commnication Center (Vietnet-ICT) and local partners. A similar study tour and community dialogue was also held in Vung Vieng in Ha Long Bay, where parents and teenagers havd chance to vistit an eco-friendly aquaculture livelihood model combined with responsible tourism supported by MCD.

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