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5 August, at 08 : 19 AM Print
At the at age of 12, Jean Luc Nsabimana, learnt to use a laptop at the age of twelve after acquiring a free computer from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program in Rwanda.
With his love for computer skills and spending a lot of time learning how to use the laptop for other purposes, Nsabimana has managed to come up with various computer programs and with the help of MTN Rwanda he has developed programs to promote MTN products at the ongoing Rwanda International trade fair in Gikondo.
Nsabimana has come up with four animation programs: the Break dance cartoons (for entertainment), MTN before and after (how phone messages in and out of rwanda have changed lives), Rwanda after ’98- when MTN arrived in Rwanda (which shows other MTN services such as Mobile Money transfer) and finally the Welcome to Rwanda Expo- which is a jingle message to welcome all participants to the MTN stand at the trade fair.
The teenage had a chance to demonstrate his skills and talent to Rwanda’s Prime Minister, Dr. Pierre Damien Habumuremyi, who toured the MTN stand at the opening ceremony last week. The young Nsabimana told the Premier that it is through the support of MTN Rwanda that he has managed to learn more computer skills and now aspires to become a computer expert.
It’s my mother who approached MTN Rwanda, and told them about my skills in computer, and she asked that I get helped. By good chance my mother’s request was valued by MTN and they offered me a real laptop- which has enabled me to study and learn more about computer” Nsabimana says
“I developed these programs in gratitude for MTN Rwanda’s support and I am proud to be part of this exposition- in which I am able to show what I have achieved as child”
The Prime Minister, who was accompanied by Private sector officials and MTN rwanda representatives, witnessed the use of technology among the young generation in Rwanda, as Nsabimana demonstrated some of his computer based projects.
The Prime Minister said that the demonstration was a sign of hope for the country and an indicator that the governments bid to have a knowledge based economy was being achieved at a very profound level. The premier hailed MTN Rwanda for its contribution in promoting ICT skills besides
For this young man, the dream of becoming a computer expert is not all he dreams about. Nsabimana is now a senior two secondary school student pursing his studies at Groupe Scolaire Officielle de Butare (GSOB) – and he loves mathematics, physics and chemistry.
“I believe that these courses will enable me to get to my dream of becoming a pilot and better with computer skills as I grow up”
Nsabimana also advises his fellow children to learn computer at early stages so as to catch up with the Technology trend that the world has taken today.
“If a child can get used to an OLPC laptop, this will act as foundation for them in life and studies will be much easier when they get to use bigger computers” he says “I am now very comfortable with my studies because I learn to use a computer at an early stage”