‘Children need to be taught computer language, programming’

State Minister for Information and Communication Technology Junaid Ahmed Palak said, “Our talented children will be able to build a better Bangladesh.” Children need to be taught computer language, programming and coding from an early age to build a future knowledge-based, technology-based Bangladesh. So that they can make themselves as programmers at the secondary level.

The state minister was speaking as the chief guest at a seminar on the occasion of ‘Sheikh Russell Day-2020’ organized by the Information and Communication Technology Department at the Bangladesh Computer Council (BCC) auditorium in Agargaon on Sunday (October 18).

Describing the barbaric and brutal assassination of August 15, 1975, the Minister of State said, “The potential Sheikh Russell is not among us.” Sheikh Russell, the youngest child of that day, was not spared from the bullets of the enemy and killer of humanity. Sheikh Russell was brutally killed along with Bangabandhu and other members of his family.

The state minister said the only goal of the present government is to ensure that every child’s life is meaningful. However, the post-August 15 government did not try the murderers including Sheikh Russell but blocked the way for justice by law. At that time, the killers were rewarded with jobs in various embassies under the patronage of the state. They encouraged murder, murder, and torture, including the killing of children and women. Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina could not even ask for justice for the murderers of her father, mother, and brother, she was not even allowed to file a case at that time. If the father of the nation and his family members, including women and children, had been brought to justice in the August 15 killings, the killing of women and children in the society would have been greatly reduced.

Mentioning that the culture of murder and impunity was first introduced in the country under the patronage of BNP, he said that after the formation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government, the culture of impunity has been introduced in this country. Now no criminal is acquitted.

Palak said the ICT department has set up 6,000 Sheikh Russell Digital Labs across the country under the plan of Sajeeb Wazed, grandson of Bangabandhu and information and communication technology adviser to the Prime Minister, with the aim of educating children in technology and preparing them for the future. 

He said another 5,000 Sheikh Russell Digital Computer Labs are being set up across the country.

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Parth Pratim Dev, Executive Director, Bangladesh Computer Council, Hosne Ara Begum, Managing Director, Hi-Tech Park Authority, Bangladesh and ABM Arshad Hossain, Director General, Department of Information and Communication Technology spoke on the occasion.

Later, Arabi Binte Shafiq (Shifa), a fourth-grade student and small programmer, the creator of the ‘Sheikh Hasina in a Moment’ app, was given an honorary check of Rs 50,000 by the ICT department.

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