Airtel CEO urges students from the LA Cluster of schools to use knowledge and skills acquired from coding and programming to help solve challenges in the community.
Mrs Lucy Quist, said this at the launch of a coding club for the school under the company’s Evolve with STEM initiative in partnership with the Ghana Code Club.
Thirty pupils from the school who have signed up for the club were being introduced to coding for the first time. They were taken through examples of technology solutions birthed through coding and programming.
Introducing young people to STEM, Mrs Quist said “Empowering young people through STEM is one of the surest ways to guarantee a better future for them, our country and continent.”
STEM inspires curiosity in young people and empowers them to be problem solvers and innovators. These skill sets are critical for success in any profession.
She shared examples of young Ghanaians who have developed solutions, through coding, to solve the challenges that confront the country. Then made references to Car Care, Bisa and Passco, all of which are mobile based applications, and encouraged the pupils to believe in themselves and take inspiration from these examples as they progress in their coding and programming course.
Children between the ages of 8-16 gain basic computing skills while learning to make their own games, animations and build their own websites.
Airtel Ghana recently commissioned a multipurpose state of the art Library and ICT centre which will be used for the coding and programming lessons for the La Wireless Cluster of Schools.
The facility was sponsored under the company’s ‘School Adoption Programme’