Coding for Employment

As part of our STEM initiative, we sensitize young people on the career opportunities in technology and train them in these demand-driven curriculum encouraging them to innovate and solve problems.

WHY CODING?

Coding presents unique opportunities for young people from poor and disadvantaged background in Kenya to pursue careers in computer science and computer science related fields.

The program targets young people who are at their transition point in education from high school to tertiary education.

It is expected that in the long term, at least 70% of the young people participating in this program will pursue careers in computer science and computer science related fields.

                 

ABOUT THE CODING FOR EMPLOYMENT

RATIONAL

Every year, an average of about 400,000 young people graduate from Secondary School after completing their high school examinations (KSCE). Out of the number that graduates only about 80,000 (20%) secure opportunities to attain universities and colleges leaving an estimated 80% of young people with no option to acquire university education and pursue meaningful career paths.

As opportunities to secure career paths continue to diminish for young people in Kenya, research on the other hand indicates that early career opportunities are critical in the lives of young people and that in the US for example, two thirds of wage growth that an individual will see over the course of their lives occurs in the first ten years after reaching their working age. Access to education and productive employment or income generating opportunities is the surest way for to improve one’s economic and social standing.

The growth of IT Industry/sector in Kenya has provided numerous opportunities for career development for young people in Kenya. The mobile phone industry for instance has a penetration of over 20 million subscribers (nearly half of the country’s total population).

This provides young people with unlimited opportunities for developing mobile applications that can address numerous challenges faced by communities and provide local technology solutions for local problems. Such opportunities include games, commerce sites and the mobile applications developed for service delivery in different sectors.

The demand for programming and coding skills whether on computers or mobile telephony is becoming an integral part of more and more businesses yet only graduates in computer science possess such knowledge in programming with a persistent gap between the number of computer-related jobs and students who study computer science.

IMPLEMENTATION

We offer a comprehensive training based on the Microsoft IT Academy and Cisco Networking Academy recognized in the IT industry.

Some modules we cover include;

  1. Introduction to computer systems, hardware and software and mobile applications
  2. Introduction to Software Programming
  3. Microsoft .Net Visual Studio Python & Jupyter
  4. HTML 5, Web Development, CSS & Java Script Mobile Apps
  5. Database Fundamentals
  6. On-job training/placements

HOUR OF CODE

At ACWICT, we support Code initiative by hosting an Hour of Code not only during Computer Science Education Week, but also during outreach events.

This is aimed at demystifying computer science and encouraging millions to try it for just an hour. We have also incorporated coding in our curriculum where our beneficiaries have developed brilliant Mobile Applications and quality websites that solve various challenges faced in their communities.

CODING BOOTCAMP

Coding Bootcamp is held after each training cycle to give trainees hands-on practical skills in coding in the real world. They work with experienced mentors to;

 

  1. Identify gaps in their commuinities
  2. Develop apps/websites to tackle those problems
  3. Create business plans
  4. Pitch their business idea to potential investors or partners

Program Impact

Due to high demand for the program, we scaled up from the original four counties; Mombasa, Machakos, Kisumu and Kiambu of operation to nine (9) including Busia, Trans Nzoia, Kajiado, Murang’a and West Pokot.

Recruited & Enrolled

%

Placed in Jobs

Counties Across Kenya

The official beginning of Ninaweza II Development Program

Introduction Today marked the official beginning of Ninaweza II Development Program with a huge turnout of 78 young women who came in for interviews. In attendance were young women who had discovered about the training opportunity through the...

Calls for Application: Digital Skills & Computer Science Training

The students will then be introduced to Microsoft’s E learning portal known as the Imagine academy where they will be given a chance to enhance and pursue further certifications in Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Microsoft Certified Solutions Associates (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Which form key components in any Computer science related field.

Calls for Application: We’re teaching code for free to 1000 disadvantaged women

ACWICT and Motorola have partnered to train high potential but disadvantaged young women from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds in Computer Science and Computer Science driven fields. Click to apply

Over 500 young people attend the ACWICT ICT4Development Career Fair

The event specifically targeted youth and young women. The purpose of the career fair, organized by The African Centre for Women & ICT, was to expose and connect them to the employment and entrepreneurial opportunities available through ACWICT’s training programs whose training and mentorship model has so far empowered over 17,603 women and youth with at least 70% of them gaining meaningful employment or venturing into entrepreneurial ventures.

Event: ICT For Development Career Fair in Nairobi, Kenya

Venue: All Saints Time : 9am - 12.30pm The ICT4Development career fair aims at exposing young women and youth to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities through different opportunities to capacity build through our different programs under the solution for...

Microsoft Corporation and ACWICT Annual Kids code event

Everyone always has something new to learn and what was more important is for the children to cultivate an interest in coding even when they are on their own, encourage their friends to try an hour of code.

Microsoft and ACWICT partner to train their children on coding

ACWICT in partnership with Microsoft have for years championed coding for employability initiatives aimed at promoting young people’s interest in learning how technology works so that they can pursue careers in computer science related fields. Both organizations felt the need to give back to their dedicated staff members by introducing their children into the tech savvy field

Africa Code Event

The Africa Code Event is a hackathon event that seeks to empower young women to have an effective role in the use of technology in their society.

Bliss and glamor in Machakos County, as 258 graduate

A total of 258 graduates received certification, on technical skills (Information Technology Essentials, Online Work and Coding), Life skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills having successfully completed training.

Creating Africa’s Premier Smart City

Transform Kisumu Digital Literacy Program graduates 579 standard 8 leavers with coding skills

1,400 youth set to receive ICT training

Over 1,400 Standard Eight dropouts will benefit from a digital literacy programme launched by the County Government of Kisumu in partnership with African Centre for Women and ICTs

04 October 2016

From Coffee Hawker to CEO

Peter Njenga tells his story.

He joined the Vusha Empowerment Programme as a Coffee Hawker from Lower Kabete, Kiambu County.

Failing to secure fees to proceed with higher learning, he decided to start hawking coffee in his neighbourhood to get money for survival.

Following the skills acquired in web site design, digital literacy, coding and entrepreneurship his interest in coding peaked which saw him build his own Web Development Company, Jijenge Designs.

So far Peter Njenga has managed to safeguard his livelihood through his skills acquisition and create a better life for himself

04 OCTOBER 2016

I found my voice in ICT

Janet Aoko tells her story.

Janet Aoka had school fees troubles right from Primary School. Her aunt feared she would be married off in the rural area and took her to Nairobi in search of greener pastures.

The several odd jobs she pursued left her broke and hopeless.

She discovered the Vusha Empowerment Programme through a local church in Kibera and signed up.

Janet’s Digital Literacy began with basic skills like powering a computer. She had never seen or a touched a computer prior to training. 

She went on to learn Website Development and is now pursuing a career on a freelance basis. 

04 OCTOBER 2016

Coding is my new Life line

Fidelis Kinyanjui tells her story.

She joined the Vusha Empowerment Programme after dropping out of 2nd Year University due to lack of school fees.

Fidelis, a very diligent coder and avid researcher, too full advantage of the course trainers and went over and above what was expected of her to come up with a Health App, currently under development.

Following the skills acquired in web site design, digital literacy, coding and entrepreneurship she is now working as a Computer Expert in Nakuru, Kenya.

So far Fidelis has managed to safeguard her livelihood through her skills acquisition and create a better life for himself.

Event: ICT For Development Career Fair in Nairobi, Kenya

Venue: All Saints Time : 9am - 12.30pm The ICT4Development career fair aims at exposing young women and youth to employment and entrepreneurial opportunities through different opportunities to capacity build through our different programs under the solution for...

Microsoft and ACWICT partner to train their children on coding

ACWICT in partnership with Microsoft have for years championed coding for employability initiatives aimed at promoting young people’s interest in learning how technology works so that they can pursue careers in computer science related fields. Both organizations felt the need to give back to their dedicated staff members by introducing their children into the tech savvy field

Africa Code Event

The Africa Code Event is a hackathon event that seeks to empower young women to have an effective role in the use of technology in their society.

Bliss and glamor in Machakos County, as 258 graduate

A total of 258 graduates received certification, on technical skills (Information Technology Essentials, Online Work and Coding), Life skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills having successfully completed training.

1,400 youth set to receive ICT training

Over 1,400 Standard Eight dropouts will benefit from a digital literacy programme launched by the County Government of Kisumu in partnership with African Centre for Women and ICTs

No jobs for computer illiterate staff in Kiambu – Kabogo

Kabogo ordered the county’s public service board to only take in employees who are computer literate since all systems have been digitalised.

“The county government will outsource human capital with ICT skills since we have digitised most of the services,” he said.

Initiative seeks to train youth to think business

Scola Wambui from Kikuyu, Kiambu County, is a virtual assistant — she does not have to report to any office and does most of her work online. She largely does transcriptions, with her first ever job coming from a client in China. She completed the job in two days, and for her efforts earned Sh4,500. Her latest client paid her Sh19,500.