A group of 114 fresh high school leavers have graduated from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) after successfully completing an eight (8)-week coding boot camp.
Under the Inspire Youths Programme, JKUAT partnered with Focus Lense to train aspiring programmers using hands on approach on how to code and learn industry standard technologies that will give them a head-start in their quest to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Out of the total number of trainees drawn from across the country, 51 participants were young women.
Some of the areas covered during the training include, robotics competitions, website design, electronics, soldering sessions, programming, Projects -Python and tkinter among others. The trainees were also given carrier guidance on course selection and building portfolios for web design.
In a speech read on his behalf by JKUAT Director of ICT, Prof. Stephen Kimani, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua, said the training was aimed at imparting knowledge and skills to the youth, who constitute an important segment of our society that if not well attended to, could ruin the destiny of our nation.
While conveying his congratulatory message to the trainees, Prof. Kinyua said the training will contribute to efforts to address unemployment challenges in the country.
“It should worry all of us that currently 70% of Kenya’s employment-age, of our young men and women are not able to secure jobs, with the two leading causes of this being low education and the lack of relevant and required skills required in the job market,” said Prof. Kinyua.
The Director Focus Lense, Mr. Bob Afwata stated that the training will help guide, support and encourage students to build cool projects, collaborate with each other and learn industry standard technologies that will help them in their chosen careers.
Fridah Mwangi, a parent to one of the participants was optimistic about the impact of the training and observed that the training is a big step in introducing the trainees to the industry.
She urged the trainers to continue mentoring the students to guide them on building expert industry based portfolios.