After tallying the thousands of likes on Instagram Contest entries received from across Asia Pacific, three grand prize winners have been selected from ten finalists. Photos were submitted from across the region, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand.
To celebrate coding and programmers, we are highlighting YouthSpark stars in Asia Pacific who have learned to code and have found success in school, competitions and career by understanding this language. We hope their stories will inspire you. What are you waiting for? Learn to speak Code now. #WeSpeakCode.Name: Melick Rajee BaranasooriyaCountry: Sri LankaOccupation: Tech Lead at Pyxle Pte LimitedBio:With two IT degrees under his belt and extensive capabilities in development and consultation for Microsoft related technologies, Melick’s technological prowess is beyond doubt. But it’s his passion and drive in sharing important insight with fellow professionals and learners that sets him apart. Dedicated to creating value in the Sri Lankan IT scene, Melick regularly conducts sharing sessions and workshops and his efforts have earned him the title of Most Valuable Professional in Leadership Technology.
According to an English Proficiency Index (EF EPI) study conducted on 60 countries and territories where English is not the mother tongue, Thailand’s English proficiency hit near-bottom, landing in the 56th spot. Despite the government’s increasing emphasis on mastering English, the country is still facing an uphill task in doing so, particularly in areas where students pick up English only as a third or fourth language.
Khadiyah Amanakun, an English teacher in Betong, Yala, may have found the perfect answer to this: technology in the classroom. After she designed her own English-learning programme “5 Steps to Mastering English Public Speaking” project, her school’s English scores for entrance exams improved, and one of her students even clinched fourth place in a national English speech contest.