Nigeria and UK foundation launch Code Clubs for digital literacy


The federal government of Nigeria, through the Ministry of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, has entered into a partnership with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a United Kingdom-based computing education charity, to launch Code Clubs across Nigeria.

The initiative is crafted for students aged 7 to 17, and the Code Clubs represent a series of extracurricular artificial intelligence (AI) programming clubs aimed at fostering digitally literate and innovative young minds in Nigeria.

Announcing the program in a statement issued on Nov. 8, the ministry said the Code Clubs will introduce participants to the world of coding and digital technology and encourage them to deploy creative problem-solving in their everyday lives. These clubs, which will initially start from 17 knowledge exchange centers, will further expand to other locations across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

Bosun Tijani, Nigeria’s minister of communications, innovation and digital economy, emphasized the importance of fostering a knowledge pipeline in Nigeria through free coding clubs in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The initiative aims to accelerate Nigeria’s digital economy by enhancing technical knowledge and talent development.

Within the collaboration, the Raspberry Pi Foundation will offer educators and young participants extensive toolkits, assistance and directives. Simultaneously, the ministry will oversee the creation and functioning of Code Clubs nationwide through a partnership framework.

The partners — including individuals, educational entities and enthusiastic organizations dedicated to advancing computing education — will be assisted with resources, support and operational guidance by a specified central organization.

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The ministry said the educational pathways offered to Code Club partners will encompass a diverse range of coding and technology-related topics, spanning robotics and electronics, game development, algorithms and problem-solving, introduction to coding, basic concepts, web development, programming languages, and project-based learning.

In October, the Nigerian government unveiled a program providing 5 million naira ($6,444) grants to 45 AI-focused startups and researchers. This initiative is a component of the newly launched Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Research Scheme, aiming to promote the extensive application of AI for economic progress.

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