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Suranaree University students come out on top in digital challenge summit


Five students from Suranaree University of Technology were awarded the Wai Kid Digital Challenge grand prize on Friday by the United States government, together with Facebook Thailand and DAI.

Through creative 90-second videos, the winning teams raised the importance of news literacy and identifying misinformation during Covid-19 to help the Thai public safely navigate online spaces.

The Wai Kid Digital Challenge trained nearly 400 university students nationwide on content creation to promote digital literacy, critical thinking, online identity security, and positive online communications.

The summit celebrated three prize-winning teams:

Grand prize winner: Yan-Hwang Team, Suranaree University of Technology (Nakhon Ratchasima)

Most creative: Four Hearts of the Mountains Team, Srinakarinwirot University (Bangkok)

Best key message: Those with Knowledge Team, Walailak University (Nakhon Si Thammarat)

“We wanted to make a video that was relevant and timely about identifying misinformation during Covid-19,” said Teerapat Suksawat, one of the members of Yan-Hwang, the grand prize-winning team.

“I hope that my team’s video on this topic can entertain whoever watches it, and influence them to make positive changes to their daily online behaviour. We hope that they’ll also share the video with others in their own communities”.

Representatives from the US government, Facebook, DAI, and six partner universities -- Hat Yai University, Mae Fah Luang University, Ramkamhaeng University, Srinakharinwirot University, Suranaree University of Technology, and Walailak University -- across Thailand gathered in a virtual summit to celebrate the students’ journey in the Wai Kid Digital Challenge of becoming digital literacy champions.

Students and their Thai content creator mentors shared their key learnings from the programme and the importance of having digital literacy campaigns like Wai Kid Digital.

“The United States is proud to support young people and partners in Thailand who are developing creative ways to promote open, inclusive, and secure digital ecosystems,” said Michael Heath, chargé d’Affaires, at the US Embassy in Bangkok.

The winning teams were awarded exclusive learning opportunities with industry experts in addition to content creation equipment that will help the students continue their journey of becoming digital literacy champions beyond the Challenge.

The Wai Kid Digital University Challenge is an expansion of Facebook’s flagship “We Think Digital” digital literacy programme first launched in Thailand in 2019.

Wai Kid Digital is being implemented by Love Frankie, and is part of USAID’s Digital Asia Accelerator activity (‘the Accelerator’) implemented by DAI. Through the Accelerator, USAID is working across Southeast Asia and Mongolia to advance inclusive and sustainable economic development by increasing businesses’ and citizens’ capacities to use digital technology safely and effectively.

Published : May 29, 2021

By : The Nation