For those who have a look at the technological change of the 1980s, they had been quick, livid, and staggering. The adjustments have modified the world and the best way people function. For example, trying on the historical past of know-how and its growth, we had the Sony Walkman, Compact Discs, IBM private pc, then the Microsoft Home windows, Apple’s Macintosh pc and many others. In 1989, Briton, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Huge Net (WWW), and insisted it to be free eternally and obtainable to anybody.
Innovators had monumental tech adjustments initiated in America or Europe. Africa comes into the image as customers and never inventors. But, our continent has nice and the oldest human technological achievements once we come to historical past. For example, in Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge, we now have the world’s earliest proof of using instruments.
Some historians declare that between 1,500 and a couple of,000 years in the past, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda had been extra developed in steel use for tool-making than in Europe. And it beats all logic that, immediately, 2020, many African international locations import bicycles, spoons, hoes, and many others. Phew, that could be a story for one more day.
Within the pc world, Tanzania had its first pc in 1965, which was put in within the Ministry of Finance, which elevated to seven by 1974. The computerization enterprise was a failure, and at one level, the federal government banned the importation of computer systems!
Quick ahead immediately, and all authorities ministries and departments are computerized. In each the private and non-private sectors, computer systems are a part of every day operations how issues change technologically!
Earlier than 2005, by way of ministries, we used to have the Ministry of Science, Know-how, and Increased Schooling. In 2008, it modified to the Ministry of Communication, Science, and Know-how, with a few of its briefs being Data and Communications Know-how (ICT), science, know-how and innovation. Earlier than the latest cupboard adjustments, we had the Ministry of Schooling, Science, and Know-how, headed by Prof Joyce Ndalichako. A nice shock has been a fully-fledged Ministry of Communications and Data Know-how (ICT), which is now headed by Dr Faustine Ndugulile.
The brand new docket signifies that the fifth-phase authorities desires to rope in ICT as a significant growth paradigm, which is nice for our mom Tanzania. This may increasingly assist be certain that we’re not left behind on the planet of ICT developments, which encompassed all different developments. Each sector, to function seamlessly and effectively, wants ICT. Take the case of schooling. The opposite day on the finish of a seven-day ICT coaching for 297 lecturers, the everlasting secretary within the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication. Dr Zainab Chaula, candidly informed the individuals that they wanted to have thorough technological abilities, which can assist them enhance instructing and studying in colleges.
She was adamant that the world had modified and know-how was right here to remain. It was the obligation of lecturers to undertake it and make their college students profit from the capabilities of ICT. We nonetheless have lecturers who should not pc literate. We even have lecturers who know find out how to use computer systems however don’t have entry to the machines. The longer term for instructing, is the place, each trainer and pupil must possess a pc gadget.
I hope the brand new ICT ministry will catalyse Tanzania’s growth led improvements that may make the world a greater place. Perhaps, we will have our personal ‘Google’ model, PayPal, and working techniques, amongst others. We may even have an Amazon for promoting minerals worldwide. We’ve got many younger Tanzanians who’re very progressive. They simply want encouragement and the supporting atmosphere to make nice ICT improvements. I want Dr Faustine Ndugulile one of the best in his new docket. He has an opportunity to vary Tanzania ICT panorama, not only for being customers but additionally for making it a land of innovators within the ICT world.
Saumu Jumanne lectures on the Dar es Salaam College Faculty of Schooling (DUCE) based mostly at Chang’ombe.