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Monday, August 29, 2022

Kenya Building a Tech Hub

Key is seriously learning math and Science.

Kenya's tech hub: Meeting the DIY coders and gurus of the future  in the BBC

On a balmy morning in Nairobi a group of children are building robots using motors and wires, while in an adjacent room a child is learning how to use software to spell their name on a computer.

This hive of tech activity is taking place at the headquarters of the Stem Impact Centre, a two-story bungalow in the centre of the Kenyan capital.

Established in September 2020, the centre supports schools by providing their students with the space to learn coding and robotics and take a DIY approach to learning technology.

A child learning at the Stem Impact Centre in Nairobi, Kenya  Alex Magu wants to encourage more home-grown tech entrepreneurs by getting children interested at an early age

The centre is the brainchild of Alex Magu, who founded it driven by a passion to "democratise computer science" in Kenya.   He believes giving every child access to tech-based resources is vital for the development of Kenya.

And it seems that the Kenyan government agrees with him.   In April, it announced it would implement a new technology curriculum for primary and secondary schools that will teach coding and tech skills.

Kenya has long been known as one of Africa's biggest tech hubs and is often dubbed the "Silicon Savannah" as many global tech giants have set up here, including Amazon and Google.  .... '

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