By Rodiat Jokodolu.
Digprom, a leading tech company in Nigeria has launched its KidsTech 2.0 training program.
KidsTech is a coding and digital-oriented program designed for kids between the ages of 6-15 years of age. The kids would be trained in programming languages including Scratch, Python, Arduino, Lua, and others, all of which they can use to solve real-life problems.
Speaking at the launching, Chief Executive Officer of Digprom, Mr. Ishola Kayode explained the objective of the initiative. He said, “Our goal with Kidstech is to bridge the gap between Africa and other nations in terms of technology. One way to do this is to prepare and nurture the next generation of young Africans on how to build and develop the technology.” He added that the aim of the program was to prepare young Africans for the tech-driven new world.
In his remarks, Mr. Ayobami Dunmoye, the Chief Operations Officer of Digprom and the program lead for Kidstech, expressed optimism about the program. According to him, “Digprom made the program free for participants so that we can get the best young people to benefit. We intend to make it free and expand the capacity so that kids from underserved communities can benefit and use technology to develop their communities.”
Twenty kids, selected across different communities in Kwara State, will be participating in the training program. The company also plans to leverage its partnership with collaborating brands to extend the program to other states in Nigeria in order to capture more young people.
The training, which was scheduled to take place every Saturday of the week, will last for 8 weeks after which the kids will be assessed and then introduced into other programs.
Some of the parents who spoke with INSIDER expressed their happiness with the initiative. One of them, Mrs. Omowunmi said, ”I’m happy there’s now an opportunity for my child to learn to program. I’m amazed by the result of the last cohort. And I can’t wait to see my kid start building games and apps with the skills he’s going to learn here.”
While thanking the Digprom team for organizing the program, Mrs. Omowunmi observed that the company has provided immense opportunity for the kids.