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Group seeks support to take coding, robotics, animation, IT proficiency to rural children

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By Gabriel Chy Alonta

Rurals Code, a not-for-profit organisation promoting technology education in Africa, is calling for volunteers to help cascade training to children in rural communities.

The training programmes, according to the group, would focus on Computer/information technology, Appreciation, Scratch programming, Kudo Game Lab, Robotics and Animation, Orient Daily gathered.

In a press statement by the group’s founders, Uche Ogechukwu and Miss Boniface Promise, the group said it is also seeking stakeholder engagement to enable ease of access to rural communities.

The group also said it’s keen on exploring all options of the government in supporting rural children with IT equipment, noting that such equipment presents a huge challenge in the sustainability of the projects.

“We are continuously seeking teaching volunteers passionate about technology and children. Our volunteers go the extreme to assist us in trainings and training materials.

“We also continually seek donors to enable us procure and provide computer/laptop, robotics kits, solar power to villages, study materials, as well as support for training teachers from the rural areas for sustainability purposes.

“Our mission is to provide access to technology education for rural children. We do this by organising free monthly bootcamps and trainings for rural children. We work with rural communities across all parts of Africa who identify with us and our objectives.

“Through the rural community leaders, teachers and our volunteers, we conduct a one week technology access training for 200-500 children in a community.

“The trainings is usually commemorated with a coding competition which leverages a child or group of children with gift items and scholarship awards according to what our sponsors provide.

“We are also sustainability driven as we also provide free training to selected teachers from the rural community through our train the trainers platform for continuity of what we have started. Thus, we are also creating more jobs in the teaching profession for rural teachers”, the statement reads in part.

Rurals Code, which began its operation on October 16, 2020, also disclosed that it is planning its maiden project in December 2020, and would welcome support from all corners.

“Before now, we have done projects as private individuals with several local and international agencies like the British computer society collaborating to provide IT training to over 5,000 school children in Ebonyi state. Our Co-founder also worked with the University of Nigeria Nsukka mobile college to provide skill training for rural children across three states in Nigeria.

“We are continually seeking both government and individual collaboration to permeate coding and IT knowledge in the country. The world is now going technology and millions of companies are going digital thereby making digital skills the next line of employment.

“Out of the over 20 million children in Nigeria, how many hundreds of them understand IT, coding, robotics? Things that a child in china learns everyd”, they bemoaned.

Calling on government to integrate coding, robotics, IT, and so on, into the school curriculum, or provide maximum support to agencies fostering coding and IT education, the group stressed, “If you check, most of the million dollar companies in Nigeria today, owned by young people are IT companies especially as it’s a scalable industry”.

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