Nairobi, Kenya – (African Boulevard News) – With Kenya swiftly emerging as a hub for technology and innovation, an organization in Nairobi’s Kibera district is providing children with coding classes to equip them with relevant skills for the evolving job market.
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the demand for digital skills has significantly increased, leading to a surge in online learning. With the shift towards remote work, the need for digital literacy is more pressing than ever, and the organisation has recognized this need and risen to the challenge.
The organization, which is run by local volunteers, is offering free coding classes to children aged between 8 and 16 years. These classes are aimed at providing children with a strong foundation in coding to foster their passion for technology and equip them with necessary digital skills.
According to the organisers, the classes have been well received by the community and have seen a significant uptake since their launch in January. Speaking to African Boulevard News, one of the volunteers leading the initiative said, “We have over 70 children attending our classes, and we are thrilled to see their interest in coding grow. Our ultimate goal is to provide them with the necessary skills to enable them to compete with their peers from other areas and improve their chances of landing better jobs.”
The initiative has been hailed by industry experts as a viable approach to bridge the digital skills gap, especially in underserved areas such as Kibera. In a recent interview with African Boulevard News, Anne Waiguru, a tech expert, said, “This is a commendable initiative. We need more organisations like this to bridge the digital divide and provide useful skills to children in underprivileged areas. The future is digital, and we need to prepare our children accordingly.”
With the growing prevalence of e-commerce and the reliance on digital technology, the skills taught are increasingly valuable in the job market. The programme is making a tangible impact, and local teachers have noticed a considerable improvement in the coding skills of their students who attend the classes.
In conclusion, the coding classes in Kibera are providing children with critical skills for the future, and the positive reception is encouraging, making a difference in the lives of the children and their community.