Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced it at the State House in Nairobi last Friday. He said coding would be added as a subject in primary and secondary schools.
As a result of this latest move, Kenya has become the first nation in Africa to sanction the study of coding in early elementary and primary schools.
“I want to commend the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development for being the driving force behind this historic accomplishment for our country, by incorporating coding as a fundamental skill inside our new Competency Based Curriculum,” President Kenyatta declared at the ceremony. “Competency Based Curriculum.”
Additionally, the President of Kenya introduced the National Cybersecurity Strategy 2022. This plan is intended to give strategic interventions to solve national cybersecurity concerns in Kenya. In addition, the Kenya National Digital Master Plan, which will remain in effect until 2032, was launched.
The president, whose term will end in a few weeks, is enthusiastic about the influence that the National Digital Master Plan will have on the country as a result of all of these digital rollouts. He is confident that the plan will propel the nation to the forefront of information and communications technology (ICT) by encouraging the expansion of businesses related to ICT and establishing an environment favorable to the widespread use of e-governance in its policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks.
There is little doubt that this will increase the number of jobs created, the facilitation and scaling up of ICT innovation, and the development of a vibrant and resilient ICT sector, all of which will contribute to the expansion of all areas; of our economy.”The master plan also serves as a guide for investors as they arrange the order of priority for their investments,” President Kenyatta added.
Because the digital master plan aims to construct more than twenty thousand village digital hubs around the country, the government will be able to directly hire an additional forty thousand young people to administer the centers and train citizens interested in participating.
Kenya has maintained its position as one of the continent’s digital innovation hotspots. This new effort demonstrates an ambition to redefine education and a solid determination to establish a future for the next generation. And it would appear that both the public and commercial sectors are working together to realize this aim. Visa, Google, and Microsoft opened their first research and development facilities in the nation’s capital this year alone.