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Kenya’s first private school to implement KICD-approved coding curriculum

First private school to implement a KICD-approved coding curriculum following President William Ruto’s directive.

Kenya’s Graceland Schools Nyahururu has declared that it will fully implement a curriculum for computer coding that has been authorized by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

As a result, the school becomes the first private school in the country to implement the coding curriculum.

The move is a component of Kenya’s Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) educational program, which places an emphasis on digital literacy and incorporates coding as a key component of science and technology studies.

“We are thrilled to be leading the way in Kenya’s education system by fully embracing the importance of digital literacy and coding in the 21st century. Our students will now have the opportunity to acquire valuable skills that will prepare them for success in today’s rapidly-changing world,” School Director Grace Mwaura said.

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Kenya has taken a pioneering role in Africa by becoming the first country on the continent to approve a coding curriculum for its CBC education system.

Graceland Schools Nyahururu said it is committed to providing its students with a well-rounded education that prepares them for the future, and the full deployment of KICD-approved coding lessons is just one way in which the school is fulfilling this commitment.

“We look forward to seeing the positive impact that these lessons will have on our students as they continue to grow and develop their skills,” said Mwaura.

This comes after President Ruto announced plans for Kenyan schools to start teaching coding as part of the curriculum.

The president stated that by teaching students problem-solving skills early on through coding, they will be better prepared for life.

He also stated that the students will be empowered and given tools to express themselves.

“We need to know how to grow our technology from primary school. You have heard about coding that is now going to be part of our curriculum to ensure technology becomes part of our journey from primary school all the way to university,” Ruto said.

President Ruto noted that whether one is a software developer, a customer success manager, a designer, a marketer, all these careers require technical skills.

The president made the remarks at KICC on 11, November 2022 during the Jamhuri Tech and Innovation Summit.

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