Rwanda opens first public coding school
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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