The DICT Luzon Cluster 3 – Camarines Sur conducted a Digital Literacy Training on Basic Graphics Design and Basic Animation and Game Development in celebration of Young Girls in ICT 2021.

The training was held in partnership with Sta. Cruz Elementary School and Buklathon Tech4ED Center, with the latter providing the necessary equipment such as tablets and Internet connectivity in support of the conduct of the training.

“The pervasive nature of ICT highlights the need for a better understanding of the benefits and consequences of technology in society. Digital literacy is a powerful learning tool that will allow the young generation to integrate ICT for their educational and socioeconomic betterment,” DICT Secretary Gregorio “Gringo” B. Honasan II said.

The training aims to provide the youth relevant digital skills in the fundamentals of graphic design using Canva; and also to channel participants’ imagination with a simple computer and basic game development.

The DICT LC3 collaborated with the teachers of Sta. Cruz Elementary in San Fernando, Camarines Sur for the conduct of the training program. Training participants were select Grade 5 and Grade 6 students   of Sta. Cruz Elementary School.

The DICT recognizes that the pandemic has highlighted importance of ICT and prompted the government to take a closer look at the gaps in the digital landscape, including unequal access to ICT which remains a major impediment especially to the education of the young generation.

To this end, the DICT LC3 is working to provide children with relevant ICT skills and instill digital awareness to pivot digitalization and countryside development.

“The DICT Tech4ED aptly complements Buklathon in the pursuit of bringing literacy in the barangays across sectors who are in the most need of this service. Motivating the young generation to employ proper, safe and productive use of ICT to boost digital literacy is one of the many ways we support the Buklahon Tech4ED Center,” said Cheryl Ortega, Regional Director of DICT LC3.

“As the saying goes ‘Let us give our children toys that are powered by their imagination not by batteries,” she added.