The Government of Kenya officially launched the Coding and Computer Programming Curriculum to be used in Public Schools around two months after it had been approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
The content in the curriculum was created in partnership with Kodris Africa and education technologies firm. The approval by KICD came on April 19.
The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr Joe Mucheru has 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.
Mr. Mucheru has 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,” he said.
He added that the implementation of the Digital Literacy Programme that’s onhgoing 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.
Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti who also attended the launch event, noted that the government needs to equip children with computer skills that will help them to solve complex computer technology problems in future.
“Equipping our children with IT skills in schools is very important because in today’s world even the police must be well trained in computer technologies to fight criminals who are now tech-savvy. Technology helps us bust crime in real time and stay ahead of the criminals,” Kinoti stated.