ABIDJAN – The African Development Bank this week signed a grant agreement with the Ministry of ICT and Innovation in Rwanda, to support the Rwanda Coding Academy set up to develop top technology talent to drive a booming, innovation-driven digital economy in the East African nation.
The Rwanda Coding Academy was set up as a proof-of-concept model school for developing ICT and other 21st century skills for high school level students who want to pursue a career in coding and computer science. The Academy selects high performing students and trains them in advanced software programing and cyber security skills to facilitate their emergence as world-class programmers.
The grant funding of $150,000, from the Rockefeller Trust Fund which the Bank administers, will be directed to the implementation of activities, including acquisition of computers and furniture equipment for an ultra-modern innovation center of excellence, internet connectivity, teacher training and organization of job career orientation events.
The Academy’s learning approach aims to strengthen the school-to-work transition by focusing on competency-based learning and providing technical skills as well as soft skills, such as agile learning, critical thinking and self-leadership.
Rwandan Minister for ICT and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, welcomed the partnership, adding the collaboration would demonstrate that empowering African youth with demand-driven skills and providing them with opportunities to be part of the ICT ecosystem would help them claim their space in the digital sector and be equal drivers of innovative ideas shaping the present and the future.
“The Rwanda Coding Academy is part of our broader vision to grow a local pool of highly talented Pan-African workforce in science, technology and innovation,” she said.