The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) in Bolgatanga has marked the Software Freedom Day.
17th September, 2022 was globally observed as SDF. It was to create awareness of what open software is and its related benefits. It is an event used to educate the general public on the virtues of free/open-source software while encouraging its usage.
Engaging the media on the sideline of the event, the Centre Manager, Christian Danso said free and open-source has helped industries across industries to solve real-time problems affecting them. He added that 17th September is set aside as Open-source Software Day is used to review, modify, redistribute and share open software. Open software is an alternative to propriety software.
“17th of September marks or commemorates Software Freedom Day. The software Freedom Day is a day set aside to review some of these solutions that free and open-source software has brought about and then sensitize the public as to how to use free and open-source software and to even modify, redistribute and then share free and open-source software as well. And to let them know that free and open software is an alternative, even a better alternative to proprietary software.”
According to the Centre Manager Christian Danso, ICT is not too difficult to learn. Adding that, it only takes passion, zeal, dedication and time to excel in the area of IT.
“ICT is not a grey area. It’s not too difficult to learn. Once you are enthused about IT, once you have the zeal and the passion, you should be able to do it. I know students or people who have graduated from the SHS, they didn’t pass so well, but when given the chance to learn ICT they are doing superb.”
He encouraged those who want to take IT as professionals need to cut short their itineraries.
“You need to put in dedication, you need to put in more work, burn midnight candle. Those who want to take up IT as Professional developers, you need to cut down on some of your itineraries just to make time to develop yourself as an IT Professional.”
Participants of the programme included students from the Bolgatanga Senior High School, Bolgatanga Technical University, Headteachers, ICT Teachers and past students of the Centre.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana