Govt to support Nano satellite project at SJUIT

THE government has committed to support the Nano Satellite Project innovated by students and lectures at St Joseph University in Tanzania (SJUIT), aiming at monitoring climate change and the use of remote sensing on collecting data related to agriculture activities.

The innovation is set to launch the first satellite into space in the next few months.

Deputy Minister for Information, Communication and Information Technology Eng Kundo Mathew, made the remarks over the weekend at the third SJUIT Science and Technology exhibition held in Dar es Salaam.

He said the exhibitions vividly showcased scholars’ readiness to engage in the employment market

The deputy minister also expressed belief that with the new zeal and support from the government and stakeholders, further innovations will continue to emerge, significant to accelerate the country to move forward in research and industrial investment.

“It is with no doubt that you are studying in an era where there is huge space for innovation, aiming at bringing solutions to the community. I would like to assure you that the government will provide you with maximum cooperation to support the journey you have started upon satellite innovation,” he said.

“The exhibitions have shown that education provided in Tanzania, particularly at SJUIT, is of high quality. It also proves the fact that our students have the capacity to deliver at the same level as those from outside the country,” he added.

He further commended SJUIT for practically acting on the recent directives issued by President Samia Suluhu Hassan, on initiating processes on satellite innovation.

On her side, veteran politician and ex cabinet minister Gertrude Mongella, who is SJUIT council member, said the aspect of women in technology shows how women are still being left behind.

“Few women in Tanzania participate in the ICT field. As a result, only 25 per cent of women hold tech jobs in the country. In fact only 10 per cent of girls’ student earning degrees in computer science. This is much influenced by parents who prefer boys over girls especially in education,” she said.

However, recent statistics has revealed how women have made one step ahead holding the same position as men in the innovation sector.

The development of a satellite has far-reaching implications across multiple sectors. In communication, a satellite can enhance connectivity in remote areas, bridge the digital divide and improve access to education and healthcare services.

In other key sectors such as agriculture, satellite data can provide valuable insights into soil moisture, vegetation health and crop monitoring, enabling farmers to make informed decisions about irrigation, fertilization and pest control.

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