EdTech Monday will focus on spreading coding skills in Rwanda – KT PRESS

Students at Rwanda Coding Academy

The July 25, 2022 episode of EdTech Monday radio will focus its discussion on the development of coding skills in the Rwandan education system.

The episode under the theme “Coding For Learners In Rwanda” will be broadcast tonight on KT radio (96.7fm) from 6 p.m. and will also be broadcast live on the KigaliToday YouTube channel, allowing listeners and subscribers to interact .

Launch of Rwanda Coding Academy

Coding is the primary method of communicating with a computer. It is to use a language to give a computer instructions allowing it to perform specific functions.

Coding allows us to create things such as computer software, websites, applications, etc.

Dr Christine Niyizamwiyitira, Head of Department of ICT in Education Rwanda Education Board

This art of using technology to meet our daily computer and real-life needs is a new trend in the country’s education system.

Currently, there are coding summer schools and only one coding school – Rwanda Coding Academy (RCA) launched in 2019 in Nyabihu District, Western Province.

The students will be part of the country’s efforts to respond in a more sustainable way to the shortage of high-calibre software developers in the Rwandan market.

The academy specializes in the fields of software programming, embedded systems, software engineering, cybersecurity, among others.

It admits top Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students from National ‘O’ level exams.

Last year, the academy received a boost from Samsung Electronics, one of the world’s leading technology giants, which entered into a partnership with the Government of Rwanda, through the Ministry of ICT and Ministry of Education, to equip the school with the latest coding equipment. and technological.

In the Studios for EdTech Monday Tonight

A panel of three people in the field of coding will have an interactive discussion around the subject and engage the audience in order to unlock their ideas and recommendations referring to the subject.

These include Dr. Christine Niyizamwiyitira, Head of Department of ICT in Education, Rwanda Education Board; Gabriel Baziramwabo, Coding Instructor at RCA and Shadrach Munyeshyaka, CEO and Founder of Nyereka Tech.

Shadrach Munyeshyaka, CEO and Founder of Nyereka Tech

The trio will explore questions and answers around how to define “coding” in Kinyarwanda, and how to pace it with increasing digitization and constant advancements in technology, how Rwanda should start to view coding as a skill basic.

They will explore the challenges of adapting coding to every young learner in Rwanda and how to create opportunities to learn code that is more accessible to young people, including people with disabilities and forcibly displaced youth.

Gabriel Baziramwabo, Coding Instructor at RCA

The trio will also examine what contribution coding should be to job creation and sustainable development in Rwanda and some of the challenges faced by coding businesses/entrepreneurs in the growing sector.

EdTech, an Africa-wide integrated conversation, is a product of the Mastercard Foundation Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning in ICT in partnership with the Rwanda ICT Chamber.

The center prepares EdTech Monday Rwanda every last Monday and the show airs in Kinyarwanda and focuses on harnessing technology to advance education and learning in Rwanda.

EdTech Monday also airs monthly on the CNBC Africa Facebook page and Mastercard Foundation Young Africa Works.

Aligning with the monthly Africa theme, The Mastercard Foundation offices in Rwanda, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria, in partnership with local EdTech support organizations, are spreading and nurturing the discussion around technology in education.

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