The National, Thursday October 24th, 2013
THREE students will represent Papua New Guinea in the International School Software Competition (ISSC) in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The students are Sakethram Deshabotla (Ela Murray lnternational School), Magdalene Webster (Ela Murray lnternational School) and Neil Bryan Ramos (St Joseph lnternational College).
They are being sponsored by the PNG Computer Society (PNGCS) and will be accompanied by trainer/coach Shaik Dawood Ansari.
The event will run from today to Monday.
They will be competing against other member countries like Australia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Malaysia.
In a press conference on Tuesday, PNGCS presented certificates to the three participants.
PNGCS secretary Sadiq Ali said the selection was based on a written test that was given to schools and the top five were chosen and interviewed.
He said the society considered this a rare opportunity to showcase the knowledge and skills of PNG students on the world stage.
“This would give good exposure to our young school children to participate and mingle with students of their age from different countries,” Ali said.
Society president, Mick Nades said: “It’s a challenge to send our children to compete with some of the advance countries of the world.”
Deshabotla , 13, said it was a privilege for them to go out there and show the world what they could do.
PNGCS, is a member of the South East Asia Regional Computer Confederation.