The Gambia will train 200 teachers on Code Usage in two days across the
country. The training is geared towards empowering the young generation by
teaching the coding skills they need in order to thrive in the 21st century.
This was revealed on Friday at the launching of Jokkolabs Banjul Africa Code Week, which took place at The Gambia’s YMCA.
Africa Code Week is the story of hundreds of schools, teachers, governments and nonprofits getting together to bridge the digital and gender skills gap in Africa.
Madam Bintou Kuutti, the master of ceremony, said the African Code comes to fill in the Information and Communication Technology (ITC) gap in The Gambia and to prepare individuals to face the digital world with less challenges.
“We will be embarking on training teachers from Region One and Region Two and those teachers will go back to their various schools to teach their children (Students) on code usage,” she said.
Madam Kuutti added that in most of The Gambia’s computer offices are occupied by foreigners, saying it’s because “we are not trained on the usage of technology.
She said this is the first time such project is propelled in The Gambia and they will try to reach the length and breadth of the country.
“If you are empowering a teacher, it means you are empowering the students. This is why we will start our training with the teachers so that we will be able to achieve our goals,” she said.
Poncelet Ileleji, the director of YMCA, said coding is a new language every child deserves to be fluent in.
He said they are collaborating with the Ministry of Education in other to expose students on the usage of code and other ITC stuffs.
“Training over two hundred teachers from different schools who will be going back to teach the children in their various school, it’s a great initiative” he said.
Sulayman Cham a representative from the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education said his ministry was interested in making sure that the students are exposed to the usage of computer as they are intending to introduce the usage of tablets in schools.
“We want them to be able to solve problems in their tender ages so as to meet the challenges of the world,” he said.