As part of efforts to prepare African kids for the future with focus on coding and digital skills, Tekly code camp with support from Google has trained 700 kids and over 50 teachers in Benin City, Edo state.
Students from 10 schools— Imaguero college, Queen Ede Secondary School, GREEN park academy, Ihogbe college, Bethel faith group of schools, Uteh Secondary school, Idia college, UNIBEN demonstration school and Deeper life high school—were taken through the rudiments of software development and digital opportunities that they can explore.
In a press release signed by Tekly Programme Manager, Tomiwa Adegbola, he says the efforts of the initiative are geared towards helping young Africans participate in building inventions that can meet the global market demands for technology. “Becoming contributors in the Global market would help us to Harness the economic advantages of new technologies and move away from over dependence of Natural resources”, he said.
The teachers were not left out, as they were coached on the basics of helping the children properly explore the benefits of the technology advancement in the 21st century at the Curators Hub, Edo Innovation Centre, ICE Building, Benin-City, Edo State.
Mr Adegbola added that by 2030, 19-30% of jobs would be automated, something a lot of the current kids in schools are not been trained to be ready to take those jobs as the educational curriculum in Africa does not really cover this. However, he added that Curators University is also raising future ready Africans through its data science and AI program.
The camp which was a part of the African code week was supported by Google, Cape Town science centre, SAP and Edo jobs. Tekly, an initiative of Curators University— a non-conventional University with the mission to connect mission driven people with high impact Education—aims to ensure African Kids are ready for the future by equipping them with coding and digital skills, one code camp at a time. They also explore summer camps and tech clubs.