Nigeria and the Raspberry Pi Foundation Team Up to Start Coding Clubs

By fostering more technological expertise, this program hopes to strengthen Nigeria’s digital economy.

The Nigerian federal government is launching a new effort to launch Code Clubs all throughout Nigeria in partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-based computer education nonprofit.

The purpose of these Code Clubs is to foster digitally literate and creative young minds in Nigeria by providing extracurricular artificial intelligence (AI) programming hubs for children aged 7 to 17.

This innovative initiative was first launched on November 8 by the Ministry of Communications, Innovation, and the Digital Economy.

The major goal of these Code Clubs is to expose young people to the field of computer programming and digital technology, with the ultimate goal of inspiring them to use their newly acquired creative problem-solving talents in their everyday life.

These clubs would begin in 17 hubs for the dissemination of information and expertise before spreading to other areas of Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones.

The Minister of Communications, Innovation, and Digital Economy of Nigeria, Bosun Tijani, recently spoke on the need of developing a talent pool in Nigeria by means of free coding clubs in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

This program is designed to strengthen Nigeria’s digital economy by increasing technical expertise and training new workers.

Educators and young people involved in this project will have access to the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s extensive toolkits, support, and advice thanks to our partnership.

Simultaneously, the Ministry will manage Code Clubs all around the nation by coordinating their activities under a formalized cooperation framework.

Partners, which include people, institutions, and organizations working to improve computer science education, are an integral element of this program. These partners will get resources, support, and operational advice from a recognized central organization.

The Ministry has mapped out several educational opportunities for Code Club partners, including instruction in robotics, electronics, game design, algorithmic game design, web development, computer languages, and project-based learning.

In a similar event in October, the Nigerian government announced a program awarding 5 million naira (about $6,444) incentives to 45 AI-focused firms and academics.

The Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme, of which this is a component, seeks to encourage the widespread use of AI for the country’s economic growth and technical development.

In essence, the cooperation between the Nigerian government and the Raspberry Pi Foundation to create Code Clubs is a key step towards developing young talent and improving Nigeria’s digital economy via coding and technology education.

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