Vodafone Ghana has launched a five-year national coding programme to train young people in coding languages to prepare them for the future.
The programme is aimed at giving young people hands-on skills in coding so that they will be able to participate in building applications, websites and other social enhanced technological devices and add on to the growth of the economy.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, Ms Yolanda Cuba, at the launch of the programme, said: “If you have young people who do not have interest in coding, which is the basic language in order to partake in the new technology world, we will fall short in igniting Ghana’s digital revolution.”
She indicated that as the world was swiftly moving into a more advanced digital one where artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and internet of things (IoTs) would be reshaping businesses, there was the need to be creators, not just consumers of technology.
She explained that as part of the support to government in its digital transformation programme, Vodafone Ghana was giving 1,000 young people across the country the opportunity to be trained in coding.
“This is our quest to ensure that we are actually supporting the vision of government to make sure that the country is moved in a digital direction,” she added.
Future of coding
A Deputy Minister of Communication, Mr Vincent Sowah Odotei, in his key note address, said coding was the future of a very complex and yet transformative digital world.
He observed that coding would become one of the mainstream courses for every student as the nation moved into a future of digitisation.
“Mass acceptance of digitisation will eventually make coding one of the key requirements in schools’ curriculum, just like other subjects such as English language,” he explained.
He added that the Ministry of Communication welcomed the coding programme because it was consistent with its vision to promote digitalisation among citizens in the country in all forms, including making coding viable and accessible to all.
“That is why I was thrilled when I learnt that Vodafone has taken the lead in this light to partner us in delivering this mandate for the youth in Ghana. When we are able to transform the lives of the Ghanaian youth through coding, our future world of technology, as a country, will be in safe hands,” he added.
According to him, coders were reshaping the world through disrupting and demystifying previously existing myths in technology and innovation.
“Coders are making the world a better place and it is fulfilling that our youth can get this same opportunity to do the same with the empowerment that it brings,” he explained.
Mr Odotei said the ministry had partnered with the World Bank Group in putting up digital centres such as the Impact hub at the Accra Digital Centre (ADC) and the various Enhanced Community Information Centres (ECICs) located in deprived communities across the country.
The centres, he said, were built to send technology closer to the people, especially those who had been left out in digital experiences.
Mr Odotei indicated that aside from quipping young people with the skills in technology, the centres were also aimed at building the capacity of the people with practical training on how to use the new technologies that were coming up.
“The ECICs are also aimed at creating a converging point for all those in the community to go there and try their hands on electronic gadgets to feel the exciting digital experience, in addition to the children being taught how to code,” he said.
In addition, Mr Odotei said the ministry was building ICT centres in the various second cycle institutions in a bid to promote the digital transformation programme. — GB