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Rwanda Gets first Public Coding School

In their efforts to become a regional tech hub Rwanda has completed a public coding school for citizens to sign up and learning software programming.

Sixty students have already been selected from across Rwanda to join the inaugural program of the coding school.
Isaac Munyakazi, the State Minister for Primary and Secondary Education told The New Times that everything is set for the first set of tech enthusiasts to begin learning in the new coding school.

This new coding school will be located at Nyabihu Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) School and the facility cost over Rwf4 billion and is located in Nyabihu District.

It was completed early last year.

“Everything is set, and the school will start this academic year,” Munyakazi said.

“We have already selected 60 students to start with and the number will increase as we move along,” he added.

The students selected to resume are those who performed well in last year’s STEM subjects for O’ National Level Exams.
STEM subjects include chemistry, computer and information technology science, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, astronomy and physics.

The Minister for Education, Eugene Mutimura, said that the ministry will link students with local and international top tech-companies for further training, preparing them to become global competitors in the tech industry. (New Times Rwanda)

“After training them, we will link them with respective industries and some top tech-companies locally and international for further growth,” the Minister said.

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He added that: “The aim is to build a knowledge-based economy and nurture our young people to meet the in-demand skills needed to compete at top of the ever-evolving world.”

“In those three years, students will also be sent abroad for 6-months training in some of the leading IT colleges and top tech companies as they share knowledge and experience with their peers and experts,” Mutimura noted.
“We are excited about this programme because we believe that this coding school will promote excellence in our ICT sector and reduce government expenditure on reliance of foreign companies to provide us with tech solutions,” Mutimura said.

This new coding school will supplement the already existing and advanced ICT schools around Rwanda.

Other coding programs organised by different stakeholders includes; free three-month programming and coding boot camp, for girls, dubbed “She Can Code program” by Igire Rwanda Organisation in partnership with the US Embassy in Kigali, among others.

Last year, Andela also started the process of training and developing the next generation of outstanding software developers in Rwanda where its Pan-African hub will be based.

Able to host over 300 students every year, the Nyabihu-based vocation school will also provide students with advanced skills to agriculture and dairy production, and train students in leather tanning and shoe making among other products. (New Time Rwanda)

Credit: New Time Rwanda

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