Diamond Bank Plc has partnered with Code Camp Africa, to train 500,000 teens and other children in software coding and technology development.
The two companies organised a boot camp where participants from seven to 15 years learnt computer coding over five weeks.
Uzoma Dozie, managing director of Diamond Bank, stated the bank’s vision of empowering young Nigerians with the language of technology at a cocktail held to commemorate the end of the programme in Lagos.
He said that Diamond Bank focused on developing homegrown talent across all fields as in its recent hashtag Homegrown.
Dozie affirmed that “The future of almost everything nowadays is technology and will depend on the ability to use technology. The Western world is outsourcing jobs to India because of this ability to write code. It is paramount that we develop in this area of development.”
Diamond Bank collaborated with Code Camp Africa and programming firm Andela Limited to deliver the five week programme that equipped about 25 youngsters with knowledge and skills in various computer languages.
Participants showcased at the event the websites and applications they had learnt to develop following their tutelage.
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Dozie added, “In 10 years’ time, these kids can work in Nigeria and across the world. It is critical that we equip these children with the ability to code and understand the language of technology.”
Code Camp Africa promoter Mr. Edwin Momife said the vision of the organisation is to train at least 500, 000 youngsters in coding. Momife has over twenty years experience working in technology and telecommunications in Europe, Africa and Nigeria.
“If you learn how to code, you become a global citizen”, Momife stated, “We need Nigerians to get to code and use technology to solve problems.”