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.
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
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.
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;
- Introduction to computer systems, hardware and software and mobile applications
- Introduction to Software Programming
- Microsoft .Net Visual Studio Python & Jupyter
- HTML 5, Web Development, CSS & Java Script Mobile Apps
- Database Fundamentals
- 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 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;
- Identify gaps in their commuinities
- Develop apps/websites to tackle those problems
- Create business plans
- Pitch their business idea to potential investors or partners
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Transform Kisumu Digital Literacy Program graduates 579 standard 8 leavers with coding skills
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
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.
Kiambu Governor William Kabogo has encouraged young people to work with their leaders and champion for change and development.
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.
Kenya is among 55 countries across the global that will benefit from the programme
An hour of code in Machakos Youth and Children Center
A strong partnership between Microsoft and ACWICT saw Microsoft Staff host their children at ACWICT Headquarters for a coding session. This was a session for both Organizations to develop coding skills in their children to make them competitive thinkers and problem-solvers.