Project to build ICT skills among Orang Asli wins global award

Organisers and participants celebrating their achievement in WSIS Prizes 2024.

AN advocacy and outreach programme for Orang Asli villages in Negri Sembilan is the first place winner for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Prizes 2024.

The programme was organised by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) as well as the state’s Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) and Broadcasting and Information Department.

WSIS is an international competition that recognises outstanding projects that create ways of using information and communication technology (ICT) as a catalyst for development.

The competition also acts as a platform to identify and showcase success stories.

“The award was won for meeting the fifth category of WSIS Action Lines, which focuses on building confidence and security in the use of ICT.

“Our success in winning this award shows the international community’s recognition towards our projects, which have been developed to empower inclusion among the Orang Asli community by providing ICT access as well as digital literacy,” said MCMC’s corporate communications department in a statement.

The programme began in 2023 to support target groups like children, teenagers and parents by teaching them effective ways of surfing the Internet.

The 2024 award ceremony, organised by the International Telecommunication Union, would be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on May 30. — By AISYAH ANESEE

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