Last week, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced the introduction of coding into the country’s syllabus for primary and secondary schools. This announcement has made the East African country the first nation on the continent to allow the inclusion of coding into early elementary and primary schools.
Also, Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who has a few weeks to the end of his administration, announced the launch of the nation’s National Cybersecurity Strategy 2022 to tackle rising cyber security concerns in the country. This is a huge milestone for the country, seeing as in 2017 Kenya lost about Sh21.2 billion to cybersecurity, and has suffered other attacks since then.
What this means
Kenya, with these policies, continues to strengthen its position as one of the leading digital innovation hotspots on the continent. These new efforts further establish the country’s ambition to revolutionize its education sector as well as create a path for the next generation. As things stand, there appears to be a solid partnership between the public and commercial sectors to achieve this goal.
What you should know
This year, global companies, including Visa, Google, and Microsoft, have all opened their first research and development facilities in the country’s capital, Nairobi.
The demand for people with coding skills has increased over the years. Analysts have said coding jobs are growing faster than the job market.
Coding skills are valuable to people working with information technology (IT), data analytics, design, marketing, business, engineering, and science, etc.