The Kenyan Government has partnered with Kodis Africa to introduce coding and computer programming teaching in public schools.

Kenyan children will have an opportunity to learn coding and computer programming in public schools after the government officially unveiled coding teaching content. The new initiative is in partnership with education technologies firm, Kodris Africa.

The new content that will be implemented across the country in primary and secondary schools under the Kenya National Digital Master plan 2022-2032. It will be applied in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and the ICT Authority through the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP).

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr. Joe Mucheru also unveiled a new government driven digital skills training aimed at equipping 20 million Kenyans with relevant digital skills to enable citizens operate effectively under the digital economy.

Speaking on Wednesday while launching Kodris Africa, Mr. Mucheru hailed the new coding syllabus as a game changer by enabling our schools to produce future computer coding experts.

“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 Mr. Mucheru.

The new coding syllabus by Kodris Africa was approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on April 19.

Mr Mucheru, also added that the implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme that’s ongoing in public schools will be enhanced further with the new coding syllabus.

“We have already distributed more than 1.2 million laptops for learners in public schools in Kenya as well as connected electricity to more than 22,000 schools and the initiative is ongoing to capture all schools as we go digital. So far we are doing well and with this new coding syllabus the Digital Literacy Programme will be enhanced,” added Mucheru.

Kodris Chief Executive Officer Mr Mugumo Munene, stated that the new coding syllabus will open the minds of children to the digital world.

“It is imperative that students learn the language of the world of today, which is coding. Kodris Africa was purpose-built to add value to the body of knowledge that students are acquiring today so that they can have a better chance in the world of employment and employment creation”.

Speaking at the same event, Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Officer, Charles Mudiwa said the bank will partner with Kodris Africa and the Kenyan government to make digital literally a reality.

“We will be in this journey with Kodris Africa to drive digital revolution in Africa. Stanbic has signed partnership agreements with 7 Counties to train people on digital skills. So far, 500 computers have been donated to education centers. Stanbic will contribute 100 computers to Kodris Africa’s initiative”.