The Federal Government through the Ministry of Communications, Innovation & Digital Economy has entered into a partnership with a UK-based computing education charity, Raspberry Pi Foundation to launch Code Clubs across Nigeria
Specifically designed for students aged 7 to 17, the Code Clubs are a network of extracurricular programming clubs developed to nurture a new generation of digitally literate and innovative young minds in Nigeria.
These clubs, which will initially start from 17 knowledge exchange centres, will further expand to other locations across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
Announcing the program in a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry said the young participants will be introduced to the world of coding and digital technology and be encouraged to deploy creative problem-solving in their everyday lives.
Commenting on the initiative, the Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani, said:
As part of the partnership, the Raspberry Pi Foundation will provide comprehensive toolkits, support, and guidelines for educators and young learners, while the Ministry will facilitate the establishment and operation of the Code Clubs across the country using a partnership model.
The partners, who will be made up of individuals, educational institutions and organizations passionate about promoting computing education in their communities will receive support, resources and operational guidelines from a designated central organization.
The statement quoted the Chief Executive Officer of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Philip Colligan, saying:
According to the Ministry, the learning paths to be provided for Code Club partners will cover a broad spectrum of coding and technology-related subjects including Introduction to Coding, Basic Concepts, Game Development, Web Development, Programming Languages, Algorithms and Problem Solving, Robotics and Electronics, and Project-Based Learning.
The partnership between the Ministry of Communications, Innovation & Digital Economy, and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to establish Code Clubs for Kids represents a significant and forward-thinking initiative aimed at preparing the younger generation of Nigeria for a digital and technologically advanced future.