ICT needs to be made a compulsory subject in primary education in Bangladesh, the prime minister’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Affairs adviser said on Thursday.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy made the recommendation on the second day of the Digital World 2017 tech expo being held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka.
“Building a digital Bangladesh was in the election manifesto of Awami League,” said Joy, who is also the son of the premier.
In a keynote presentation, the ICT adviser said Bangladesh is all set to lead the constantly-changing ICT world.
“Now is the time to talk about the 4th industrial revolution, because fast-changing technology is bringing vast differences in human lives,” he said.
Joy cited the example of nanomaterials, which he said would be in use commercially by 2025. “These nanomaterials are 200 times stronger than steel and thinner than hair,” he said.
Joy said the government is working to advance the ICT sector along with non-government organizations.
He said: “The world has witnessed drones and Sophia in this digital era. We will witness mobile supercomputing, driverless cars, artificially intelligent robots, brains constructed with neurotechnology and genetic editing in near future.
“We will have to utilize the opportunities to unveil new ways of development for the citizens of the country.”
Joy claimed it would not be difficult to introduce ICT education at the primary level.
“Children learn these things very fast. Currently, the students of grade VI get ICT lessons and primary students will also get ICT lessons soon,” the ICT advisor to the prime minister said.
He also said that about 40% of all government services are now available online, after the journey to a digital Bangladesh began in 2008. He hoped that at least 80% of government services will be available through mobile phones in the near future.
“Bangladesh has changed fast in the last nine years. We moved forward. We are showing the path to young entrepreneurs. We are moving forward to earning $50 million,” he said.
The story was first published on Bangla Tribune.