Govnt to Provide Coding Training to 42,000  Teachers

Govnt to Provide Coding Training 

Govnt to Provide Coding Training

A massive government plan to educate 42,000  teachers and work with Google to  roll out coding instruction across the country  has been revealed by President William Ruto.

The purpose of this calculated action is to incorporate the coding curriculum  approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and equip  students with the necessary abilities to succeed in the digital workplace.

A coding program will be implemented in primary and secondary schools, eventually  reaching four million students, according to President Ruto, who stressed that this  collaboration with Google, backed by the ministries of Education and ICT, is just one  aspect of a bigger plan.

Kenya’s education system will see a major breakthrough with the implementation  of this comprehensive strategy, which is implemented in phases and positions  Kenya as a leader in digital education.

The program fits with the government’s objective of a knowledge-based economy, which is in line with the growing demand for qualified coders  worldwide.

The introduction of coding at an early age is designed to nurture critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills, preparing students for a broad spectrum of jobs beyond the tech sector.

In Kenyan classrooms, students will learn the Python programming language as part of the coding process, enabling computers to perform various tasks. The initiative extends beyond the classroom, with Google committing to creating a job pipeline for graduates, offering opportunities for remote digital work and global project contributions.

The gradual rollout across the country is set to target up to 7,000 schools in the initial phase, with the potential to transform individual lives and elevate Kenya, often referred to as the Silicon Savannah, to a prominent position in the global tech landscape.

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development made history as the first curriculum regulator in Africa to approve content for coding, showcasing a collaborative effort with Kodris Africa. This collaboration, supported by partnerships with Safaricom, KCB Group, Cooperative Bank, Kenyatta University, and Mount Kenya University, reflects a formidable force working toward revolutionizing education.

Coding and algorithms, identified as essential 21st-century skills, empower children with creative problem-solving and systematic thinking. Educators emphasize that understanding the logic of algorithms goes beyond computer science, becoming crucial in interdisciplinary interactions. President Ruto highlighted his administration’s deliberate steps to build and invest in the creative economy, transforming public service delivery to be more efficient.

The President underlined how crucial it is to start early in order to teach  students  how to solve problems through coding and better equip them for the demands  of the modern labor market.

The government’s commitment to integrating technology into the curriculum  from  elementary school to university level was brought up by him.

Shortly after speaking at the Youth Connekt Africa Summit, President Ruto  announced intentions to establish digital hubs in each ward to support youth  training and  links to the global labor market. He also noted the worldwide move towards  technology-driven roles.

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