Thousands Of People In K-P Are Learning How To Code Thanks To A Kenyan Startup
Thanks to the services of Kenyan Startup called the Moringa School, thousands of people in K-P are going to have their lives transformed. This digital skills training startup is rolling out a 20-week full-stack software development course as a part of the government-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Youth Employment Programme. The program aims to teach digital skills to at least 30000 people. This program has already taught basic digital skills to 4000 people in the first phase of this program which was launched in March 2016.
This program is a huge developmental step for this province which demographically has the youngest population from all provinces. With 73.8% of its population under the age of 29, the right kind of training would make these individuals ready to become assets in the fields of digital media. More and more companies in Pakistan are relying on digital tools to turn their businesses into roaring successes. Add the budding startup culture in the country to that and you have got the potential to turn K-P into an outsourcing hub.
As for the startup that is going to teach these students, Morina has been making training people in these skills since 2014. From training people in basic programming to making them experts of high-level Python networks. Moringa has trained over 350 students this year. These students are not only from Kenya but also from Moringa’s partner institutes in Hong Kong and Ghana.
While typically this course costs up to $15oo dollars, the government and World Bank are bearing this cost to provide free training to the youth of K-P.
The only downside to this all is that students will have to compete in cut-throat conditions in order to gain a place in this program. With only 40 seats each in 2-3 cities of K-P, only selected students will receive free training. More than 550 people have already applied to become a part of this program.
The format of this training is designed to give students a more practical approach to learning. Instead of long classes from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, tech mentors only guide the students for a limited period of time. After that, the students spend their time working on their own.
Though the tech mentors or teacher for this school will be locally selected, the Moringa School will train all these teachers at their existing institutions to help them teach their students better.
If the first batch of this performs well, then the government has plans to launch this program is all 26 districts of K-P so that more students will be able to access it.