Rwanda opens first public coding school

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Rwanda has opened its first public coding school where sixty selected students will begin their studies in software programming.

The East African nation is pushing to establish itself as a regional tech hub and developing a new generation of skilled programmers is a key priority for the country. Now, the first batch of young tech enthusiasts will begin their studies at the first school of its kind in Rwanda and begin their journey towards a career in programming.

First coding school opens in Rwanda

Sixty students from across Rwanda have been selected as the first group to attend Rwanda’s new coding school, which will be hosted at Nyabihu Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) School, in Nyabihu District.

The selected students include those who performed well in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in last year’s national O’Level exams. STEM subjects include chemistry, computer and information technology science, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, astronomy and physics.

Rwanda’s Minister for Education, Eugene Mutimura, says the ministry will link the students with companies in their respective fields – both locally and internationally – for them to continue their training and compete at a global level. The programme will be fully funded by the government and the top performers will receive scholarships to continue their studies in some of the leading ICT schools around the world.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.