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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Africa’s first programming language to teach kids code | IDG Connect

Vincent Matinde, international IT Journalist notes, "Kennedy Kanyi has developed arguably Africa’s first programming language."
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BraceScript is a new, simplistic coding language that has been launched in Africa to teach local kids how to code and to develop future software engineers. Kennedy Kanyi, a 25 year old software programmer, came up with the language after seeing the need for a customised platform to teach kids how to code.

When he was in college he taught himself coding skills and then he began to teach his classmates. Once he graduated from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) with a Bachelor’s degree in IT, Kanyi realised that more needed to be done to get younger people interested in technology.
“I still felt the urge to teach code but now my interest was in kids,” Kanyi tells IDG Connect in an interview.

With funds from his development company, Oneplace Technologies Ltd, Kanyi went ahead and created BraceKids an initiative to teach children how to code. “The initiative aims to teach one million kids in Africa how to write software. That includes [everything from] basic coding to Artificial Intelligence.”
Kanyi tells us that once he launched the BraceKids site, he got a lot of positive feedback especially from parents who wanted to enrol their children.
However, his offices at Even Business Park, along Airport North Road in Nairobi, could only accommodate up to 15 children at a time. So, he decided to create his own platform to teach children how to code online...

Kanyi strongly believes this will help transform the fortunes of the continent. And he urges many more players in the education sector to introduce more kids to the latest technology.
“Programming is actually the key to a bright future for our continent,” Kanyi concludes.

Source: IDG Connect