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Innovation boot camp equips teens with coding skills


The United States International University-Africa has partnered with Tech Republic to offer upper primary and secondary pupils aged 12 – 19 with a platform through which they can learn and expand their coding prowess.

The five-day long innovation camp, which started on 24th August through to 28th, does not required students to have previous coding experience. However, students who have intermediate tech skills will be challenged with additional exercises.

The innovation camp facilitation fee is Sh7,100 that will cater for daily meals and training materials. USIU-Africa and Tech Republic have made efforts to subsidize the participation fee to ensure that cost is not a barrier and the camp is accessible to as many students as possible.

“USIU-Africa has been a long-time provider of highly-trained talent to our local and regional computer technology companies. Providing coding classes to our future “techies” falls right in line with the diverse educational programs we offer in the computer sciences,” remarked Ms. Jane Muriithi-Thomas, USIU-Africa’s Head of Marketing and Communications, on the institution’s partnership with technology education firm, Tech Republic.

Co-ed tech sessions will be offered in web design, app development, computer programming, digital marketing, blogging and social media. The workshop curriculum is designed to be educative and exciting, tied in with hands-on experience that combines a child’s passion for computers with exposure to top instructors.

“Our approach is centered on creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. We are teaching our students to create and grow their own apps and online presence whilst maintaining a strong academic and practical focus,” said Amanda Gicharu-Kemoli, Co-founder of Tech Republic.

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