​Smart kids: 1m Africa and Middle East kids to become programmers by 2020, Akure-based tech outfit


By Omolola Akinola and Gift Simon 

A technology outfit based in Akure, SeedDev, has revealed plans to turn one million kids from Africa and Middle East into technology gurus before the end of 2020.

This intention was made known to Sunshine Herald by the Programme Manager of SeedDev, Watti Olorunjuwon in Akure.

The non-governmental organization is determined to train pupils from primary 1 to JSS3 in computer programming languages including PYTHON, C#, JAVASCRIPT, PHP and JAVA using educational applications such as Scratch, kodu, Alice among others.

Having trained about 2000 kids from different schools in Ile-Ife, Osun State; Akure and Ese-Odo and Ilaje Local Government Areas of Ondo State, SeedDev adds up plans to plant, soon, its first computer facility called seedbox.

The seedbox, solar-powered, internet enabled, air conditioned will have a curator attached to it and will serve as a training centre for the kids.

On plans to reach kids beyond the borders of Nigeria, Mr Juwon reveals, “We have a network of curators across the country in different states presently. We are working on having regional managers for North, South, East and West Africa.

“These Managers will in turn have country managers in each country of the region and the country Managers will have curators in each state of the countries in these regions. 

“This way, we will be able to reach out to these kids and achieve our dream of a million African kids by 2020.”

Putting into consideration the ability of the kids to absorb the training, the Programme Manager explains, “We have beginner, intermediate and advanced classes which have been designed for the age range and the technical know-how of these kids. 

 “We hope to ignite interest and curiosity and passion for technology in these kids. 

“We believe we are planting seeds that would germinate in some years from now, the seedDev boss submitted.

On the implication of the training on the future, SeedDev noted, our joy would be for these kids to be C.E.O of tech companies, inventors and innovators in some years to come.

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