How strong-willed student maps Tanzania in IT realm

How strong-willed student maps Tanzania in IT realm

TO some, Moses Mbaga, is an Al Muntazir Secondary School student, Form IV, who is an uncompromising in digging deep into Information Technology (IT) studies and seemingly sky is the limit for his quest to be a master in the field.

To others, he is a wizard (innovator, software programmer, and coder) in the realm, whose future is bright and should be a role model to other Tanzanian youth- that they have the brains to improve their lives.

At 16, the student seems to show the world that Tanzania, though a third world country, has brains, which when fully tapped will change the IT landscape in the globe that is now like a village.

On Monday this week, Moses was once again in the podium telling the public that his Finnish granted scholarship would change his life and place Tanzania in the world map as a country that has individuals, ready to exploit any chance given.

In his address, he pointed out that despite being a student, he has succeeded to be the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ExamNet-an Non- Governmental Organization that assists Primary School students to learn remotely by accessing different tests and other learning materials anywhere, anytime.

He added: “On a mission to put education in the hands of every Tanzanian, I have developed the Test Yourself App, a mobile application that helps students assess themselves in preparation for exams.

“By making the need to buy textbooks optional, I intend to solve the problem of minimal access to NECTA (National Examinations Council of Tanzania) past examination questions.

With this app, every student can take tests, see their scores, and review corrections to prepare for their exams. “Moreover, technology has impacted almost every aspect of our existence, and education is no exception. With educational resources such as this at our fingertips, learning is now limitless.

Therefore, we can only expect that the Test Yourself App will bring about commendable improvements for Tanzanian students.” Moses, while encouraging the youth to work hard in studies says Finland has over 20,000 opportunities every year for grab, calling it a chance that Tanzanian youth ought to go for.

He added: “Despite a population size of just over 5.5 million, the country (Finland) that gave the world the first heart rate monitor, the web browser, wind turbines, reflectors for walkers, SMS messaging, saunas, Nokia phones, Angry Birds and 5G technology, is proving itself as a leading light in the start-up tech scene.”

On offering full scholarship to foreign students, Peter Vesterbacka, who is Finest Future Ltd Chief Executive Officer, a Finnish entrepreneur and mobile game developer said students going to his country will enjoy full happiness (Finland is the happiest country in the world) and get opportunities to work so long as one is 15 years and above.

“Our government offers opportunities for a foreign student to study Finnish language that would enable one to have access to public facilities and after that resumes classes and one can study to acquire his/her PHD with full scholarship… it’s an opportunity for Tanzanians to exploit,” he added.

He cited how his country supporting Estonia youth to study IT courses in Finland has made the country to make great strides in development, adding that Tanzania can follow suit, saying: “Tanzania has been a historical friend of Finland and all can do a lot together just like Estonia in 2007, became the first country to allow online voting in a general election.

It has among the world’s zippiest broadband speeds and holds the record for start-ups per person. Its 1.3m citizens pay for parking spaces with their mobile phones and have their health records stored in the digital cloud.

“Tanzanians just like any foreigner going to Finland will realize the importance of being gender sensitive and once back in their home countries will campaign for gender equality.” Presiding over, Tanzania Data Lab Director Agapiti Manday said his company in efforts to revolutionize IT in the country embraces a systems approach in suffusing data driven decision making and policy making by strengthening data policies, practice and use, and leverage data driven innovation and data partnerships to improve the lives of people.

He added that Tanzanians youth should not be afraid of venturing in IT studies and compete globally with others, saying: “What Moses has done should motivate others as we in dLab execute data and innovation projects locally, regionally, and globally, especially on data capacity building, data driven innovations, and data science products and services.

The countries covered by dLab include: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Kosovo. Tanzania Data Lab is a progression of the three successful interconnected projects named, Tanzania Data Lab (dLab), Data Zetu and Data for Local Impact Innovation Challenge (DLIIC).

The three projects which ran between 2016 and 2019 served as anchors for the Data Collaborative for Local Impact (DCLI) program and were funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and implemented by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

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