Pwani Teknowgalz in partnership with Coast based Technology and Arts centre Swahilipot Hub will train 1,000 teachers in various parts of the country on technology and innovation.
Swahilipot Hub with its partners Pwani Teknowgalz , an organisation that instills technology skills to girls in the country will equip the teachers From Kwale Malindi, Kilifi, Kisumu, Kakamega and Vihiga with technology skills during the Africa Code week 2019.
Africa Code week is a program from America Company SAP that through partnership with local technology organisations equips teachers with technology knowhow and computer programming techniques.
After successful training, both the Primary and secondary teachers will propagate the same knowledge to students and pupils in their respective schools.
Technology and innovation
Speaking at the Swahilipot Hub centre in Mombasa on Wednesday, the centre’s Director of technology Britone Mwasaru termed the move as noble as it will furnish the young generation not only with technology skills but also growing them to become great innovators through technology.
“If the young generation understands technology, its dynamics, how it works and how it can be applied in solving various problems in the society, we will have secured their future in terms of development and self reliance,” noted Mr. Mwasaru.
[Teachers going through technology training during last year’s Africa Code Week. Photo/courtesy/Pwani Teknowgalz.]
He said teachers are critical and important players in enabling communities thrive through skill development.
“Pwani Teknowgalz, whose Executive Director Ruth Kaveke is the Africa Code Week Ambassador is working with Swahilipot Hub to introduce coding to pupils through their teachers. We should not remain technology consumers but bring up a generation of innovators that will use technology to solve problems,” he disclosed.
Mwasaru said Swahilipot Hub- Pwani Teknowgalz partnership has thrived and aims at changing the young generation into idea developers, job creators and a driver for a developed society.
Africa Code Week is instilling digital literacy and coding skills in the young generation, working closely with private, public and non-profit partners to drive sustainable learning impact across Africa. It is supported by UNESCO YouthMobile, 28 African governments, over 130 implementing partners and 120 ambassadors across the continent.
SAP also works closely with UNESCO to increase girl participation in Africa Code Week workshops.
In 2017 and 2018, Pwani Teknowgalz supported by eSkillz4Girls trained approximately 350 girls from both private and public school in partnership with Swahilipot Hub.
The trainings in Western region is led by Africa Code Week ambasador Aisha Abubakar while the Coastal region is led by Africa Code week ambassador Ruth Kaveke.
“I believe exposing teachers to technology especially coding, equipes them with relevant skills and confidence to train students during Africa Code Week and after Code week in October,” noted Kaveke.