|60 Students awarded certificates on FOSS |
Sierra eRiders has joined the world in celebrating Software Freedom Day 2010 in Sierra Leone with the theme "Free and Open Source Software for Education".
The celebration in Sierra Leone was marked by the awarding of certificates to 60 students, from various secondary schools in the country, who have successfully completed basic software training facilitated by Sierra eRiders using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) on operating system, word processing and the Internet.
These 60 students were the first batch of 100 pupils, from various secondary schools across the country, enrolled by Sierra eRiders for free computer training using FOSS programs. The second batch of pupils is currently undergoing training and will also be awarded certificates from Sierra eRiders as the celebration continues for the next few weeks ahead.
Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual worldwide celebration of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). It is a public education effort, not only to celebrate the virtues of FOSS, but also to encourage its use, to the benefits of the public.
SFD was established in 2004 and was first observed on August 28, 2004 when over 70 teams participated. Since that time it has grown in popularity as more and more teams from various countries around the world continue to celebrate SFD. The primary sponsor for 2005-2009 is Canonical Ltd, the company behind the Ubuntu, a Linux distribution.
From 2006 onwards, it has been decided that Software Freedom Day will be held on the third Saturday of each September. And the 18th September 2010 is the official date for the SFD 2010 celebration around the world.
The principles behind FOSS are underpinned by the users' freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. You can read more about the four freedoms on the GNU website.
Our goal in this celebration is to educate the Sierra Leonean public about the benefits of using high quality FOSS in education, in government, at home, and in business - in short, everywhere!