NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 12 – One of the best science students in last year’s Kenya Secondary School Education (KCSE) Examinations has been awarded the inaugural Kenyan Coders Tuition Scholarship.
Wilstan Enock Onditi was awarded the scholarship by leading local technology accelerator, Moringa School.
The scholarship program was officially launched in December 2018.
The first scholarships targeted high school students who sat for their KCSE exams in Nairobi.
Of the ten scholarships for 2019, half are designated for students living in informal settlement areas around the city.
Moringa School is looking to roll out this scholarship across the country in the near future.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Senior Access Manager at Moringa School Nelly Agyemang-Gyamfi stated that inclusivity is something that is key to Moringa’s operations.
She stated that in order to reach our goal of transforming Kenya and eventually, the continent, it is important to break down the barriers to quality higher education.
“Among other initiatives is the breaking down of the barriers through the partnership with the Kibra Constituency to provide full tuition scholarships for the best STEM students to learn the technical and soft-skills needed to be world class software developers.”
The six-month scholarship is aimed at providing the beneficiaries with software engineering and professional skills that form the foundation for pursuing specialized ICT programs in universities across the world.
Additionally, the students will be exposed to practical coding and soft skills that are key to today’s software development industry.
According to Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth, the scholarship is an excellent launch pad for the students.
On completion of the six-month program, the beneficiaries are expected to have learned the fundamentals of programming among other web development skills.