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Digital literacy programme empowers over 50 senior citizens

Over 50 senior citizens participated in the pilot ‘Digital WARGAMAS’ community outreach programme yesterday aimed at promoting digital literacy among the elderly.

Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) Chief Executive Ir Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar as the guest of honour launched the programme at the PGGMB building in the capital with support from Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD).

WARGAMAS Association President Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Mohd Don said, “The association has 1,140 members and has implemented several strategies to strengthen relations with government and private agencies. Collaborations have been forged to create strategic partnerships with the government such as assisting the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) in addressing senior citizens’ current affairs and seeking cooperation from the Ministry of Development through the MCYS to obtain a bungalow to support the administration and management of WARGAMAS.

“WARGAMAS also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Religious Affairs to conduct religious programmes as well as forge cooperation with Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah and BIBD.”

The programme focuses on sharing sessions and briefings by AITI on the safe use of the Internet, addressing online scams and disseminating information on the benefits of using the Internet including safe online payment and mobile applications.

The attendees in a group photo. PHOTO: JAMES KON
Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam Chief Executive Ir Haji Jailani bin Haji Buntar and WARGAMAS Association President Haji Abu Bakar bin Haji Mohd Don exchange mementos. PHOTO: JAMES KON
Haji Abu Bakar delivers his remarks. PHOTO: JAMES KON
A Cyber Security Brunei official delivers her presentation. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“WARGAMAS Association members can be divided into three groups: the skillful and comfortable who need to be facilitated to produce Digital WARGAMAS icons; skillful and comfortable but not to the level of producing icons of Digital WARGAMAS; and the not skilled and not comfortable,” the president said. The event also saw Haji Abu Bakar present a token of appreciation to Ir Haji Jailani.

The morning session began with sharing sessions from Cyber Security Brunei, AITI and the Royal Brunei Police Force, highlighting protection of online identity, identification of false information and cyber scams.

BIBD also highlighted its online banking application and digital payments.

Meanwhile, the afternoon session saw presentations from EVYD Technology Sdn Bhd and GoMamam Sdn Bhd, who explained the functionality of their applications – BruHealth and GoMamam.

The programme was jointly organised by AITI and the WARGAMAS Association. – James Kon

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