Students and pupils in Kenya will commence offering coding as a subject of study within their official curricula.
As reported by ‘CIOAfrica’, this makes the country the first in Africa to offer Coding as a subject.
Speaking during the official countrywide roll-out of the coding curriculum at the State House in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta commended the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development for approving and implementing coding as a critical skill within the new Competency Based Curriculum.
“…Today, Kenya becomes the first country in Africa to approve coding as a subject of study within the official curricula for primary and secondary schools.
“I applaud the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development for leading our nation to this landmark achievement, by implementing coding as a critical skill within our new Competency Based Curriculum,
“This, no doubt, will enhance employment creation, enable and scale up ICT innovation, and the development of a dynamic and robust ICT sector that will enhance the growth of all sectors of our economy. The master plan also guides investors while planning their investment priorities,” President Kenyatta said.
As reported by ‘CIOAfrica’, President Kenyatta noted that the Government is keen on leveraging the ICT initiatives to achieve its national and global commitments.
He also applauded the digital master plan’s target of establishing over 20,000 village digital hubs across the country for citizen digital training.
This hub, he said will enable the Government to employ an additional 40,000 youth directly to man the centers and provide training to every citizen interested in enhancing their skills and competencies.
Also at the event, the President inaugurated the Kenya National Digital Master Plan which runs from this year to 2032, and the National Cyber-security Strategy 2022 which provides strategic interventions in addressing national cyber-security challenges and threats.
The President expressed optimism that the national digital master plan will cement the country’s leadership in ICT by creating an enabling policy, legal and regulatory environment for the greater adoption of e-governance as well as fostering the setup and growth of ICT-related businesses.