The Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) in collaboration with Kodris Africa has introduced Kenya’s first Coding syllabus, which will be taught in primary and secondary schools.
This will guarantee that Kenyan youngsters will be able to participate in coding and computer programming, as these abilities are becoming increasingly valuable in a variety of businesses, especially as the “tech space” now thrives within Africa.
The new syllabus, which will be implemented across the country in primary and secondary schools under the Kenya National Digital Master Plan 2022-2032, will be implemented together with the Ministry of Education and the ICT Authority through the Digital Literacy Program.
According to a statement released at the launch, the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) approved Kodris Africa’s new coding syllabus on April 19 and will be made available to students and schools across the country.
ICT CS, Joe Mucheru also launched a new government-led digital skills training program. The program is aimed at equipping 20 million Kenyans with necessary digital skills to help citizens to engage effectively in the digital economy at the unveiling event.
“This is a great day for the country, especially for our children, who will now have the opportunity to learn coding and computer programming at an early age. The world is changing and everyone is going digital and Kenya will not be left behind as the globe goes digital,” said Mucheru.
Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti, KICD CEO Prof. Charles Ong’ondo, Kodris Africa Chairman Mr. Mwanki Munuhe, Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Officer Charles Mudiwa, were all presents and like others, they relayed their excitement at the positive impact of this course of action.
Also present at the launch was Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Deputy Commissioner, Technology, Innovation and Delivery, Wemmic Mutinda, and Teachers Service Commission (TSC) ICT director Charles Gichira.
Mucheru goes on to say that the government has delivered over 1.2 million laptops to students in Kenyan public schools, as well as connecting electricity to over 22,000 schools, and that the project to digitize all schools is still ongoing.
Stanbic has also formed partnerships with seven counties to provide digital skills training. Five hundred PCs have been donated to educational institutions thus far. The initiative of Kodris Africa will receive 100 PCs from Stanbic.