THE LADY PROGRAMMER ON A MISSION TO TEACH BURUNDI CHILDREN HOW TO CODE
London, Oct. 28, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A lady programmer in Burundi is telling the world loud and clear how an individual with mission and focus can single handedly affect and change the destiny of a nation or a generation
Natacha Nduwimana has set for herself a mission to educate Burundian children how to code.
Computer coding is the process of designing and building an executable computer program for accomplishing a specific computing task.
Although, Natacha Nduwimana has only been teaching children how to code for a week in Burundi’s remote provinces, but she hopes her campaign will be adopted into the education curriculum.
She says her hope is for children to be taught coding because it is important for the future.
The co-founder and director of Burundi Innovation Hub (Bihub) and her colleagues are volunteering to teach basic computer programming to primary school children in the country.
Their aim is to reach 13,000 children in Bujumbura, Gitega and Ngozi provinces.
They reached more than 10,000 learners last week, she told the BBC.Quote Message: We use a program called Scratch that allows children to create animations, games… after an hour a child can create a game by themselves.
We use a program called Scratch that allows children to create animations, games… after an hour a child can create a game by themselves.Quote Message: We went to teach coding in Makebuko, it is a remote area in Gitega province, and we asked children about their wishes once they grow up. Some said teachers, ministers… They knew nothing of new tech. But after a few days with us some could say ‘I want to be a computer programmer’. Because they have learnt a new thing.”
Source: Alternative Africa