October 18, 2017 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma
A graduate of Computer Science from the University of Makeni (UNIMAK), Mohamed Bangura, last Thursday, 12th October, bagged the second position in this year’s Social Good Summit organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at Njala University, Torwama Campus in Bo.
In an exclusive interview with Concord Times in Freetown, the UNIMAK computer science graduate said he was very happy to have clinched the second position in this year’s social good summit for innovative ideas in the country.
Bangura, who was eyeing the first position, thanked God for making it possible for him to make a mark in the social good summit.
“This was my first time to present my ideas and display my talent to hundreds of people and I must say a big thank you to UNDP for initiating such an idea for young people like us. These innovative ideas would elevate my country and also help us to compete with other countries. Investment in young people is one of the major ways to develop Sierra Leone,” he said.
He said his innovative ideas would help replace manual method in recording school data in the country, while encouraging all school administrators to take full advantage of the innovative ideas that are displayed at the UNDP summit.
“The Automated School System is an information system primarily designed to computerise, integrate and control the daily operations involved in the collation and processing of students’ data effectively,” the computer science graduate said.
He appealed to other international agencies to invest in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and innovation because it is the modern way to development in the 21st century.
He recommended that Sierra Leone join the bandwagon in the realm of information technology that the world is experiencing, and asked the government, through the Ministry of Youth Affairs, to organise regular innovation summit for young innovators to show case their talents.
“As a computer teacher and school secretary at the International Islamic Academy, I have transformed the way we record students’ data and school information with the aid of this automated school system,” he said.
He expressed hope that he would boost his innovative ideas and compete in the global market if the UNDP sustained their social good summit.
He encouraged more Sierra Leoneans to venture out into the sciences so that Sierra Leone could compete in global programmes of innovative ideas.
He appealed to government, organisations and individuals to help him develop the login credentials as he needs a thumb print login system to make the software more secure, adding that he wants this system to implemented in all schools across the country.