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Jakarta Post

YCAB, Brazilian DJ collaborate with Garena to provide digital training for youth

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 9, 2019   /   02:37 pm
YCAB, Brazilian DJ collaborate with Garena to provide digital training for youth DJ Alok character in the "Free Fire" battle royale game. (Courtesy of/Garena)

Youth development foundation Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa (YCAB) is teaming up with Brazilian DJ Alok and Singapore-based game developer Garena to launch a training program aimed at helping underprivileged youths in Indonesia.

The Digital Future Ready Training Program is designed to prepare its participants for a rapidly growing digital economy.

According to a press release made available to The Jakarta Post, the program will consist of two initiatives. 

The Train the Trainers portion is where trainers or teachers are provided with relevant digital knowledge and skills such as coding and programming. This will hopefully allow them to transfer their knowledge to future students.

Meanwhile, the Create the Future portion will provide scholarships students with the opportunity to improve their digital literacy and professional skills. 

The program will be held in a coding boot camp run by HACTIV8, a manpower preparation institution.

“Our most important mission is to increase prosperity in Indonesia through innovative education and funding,” said Susi Hermijanto, chief operating officer of YCAB.

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Harold Teo, producer of Garena's Free Fire, said, "Along with our efforts to develop the gaming community, we aim to have a social impact to make sure the next generation of players will receive a proper education."

With the partnership, DJ Alok will be incorporated in Free Fire as a character and some proceeds of the game’s sales will go to the education of low-income youths all over the world.

In the game, players can take the role of Alok, who is bedecked with the DJ's clothing and accessories and has special healing abilities.

"As a big fan of Free Fire, I'm really excited to be a part of its virtual world," Alok said.  

On Nov. 16, the 2019 Free Fire World Series will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alok will present an exclusive performance at the event as well as launch his newest music video for "Vale Vale", which will include clips from Free Fire.

Dranix Esports will represent Indonesia as the champion of Free Fire Indonesia Masters on Oct. 13 and will battle 11 teams in the tournament.

Free Fire is played globally with over 450 million registered users. (gis/wng)