2 Speaking on the occasion at State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta commended the Kenya Curriculum Development Institute for endorsing and implementing coding as a critical skill within the new Competency Based Curriculum.
3 “…today, Kenya becomes the first country in Africa to adopt coding as a subject of study within the official curricula of primary and secondary schools.
4 “I applaud the Kenya Curriculum Development Institute for leading our nation to this landmark achievement by implementing coding as a critical skill within our new Competency-Based Curriculum,” said President Kenyatta.
5 At the same time, the President launched Kenya’s National Digital Master Plan that runs from this year to 2032 and the National Cyber Security Strategy 2022 that provides strategic interventions to address national cyber security challenges and threats.
6 The president expressed his optimism that the national digital master plan will cement the country’s leadership in ICT by creating a political, legal and regulatory environment conducive to greater adoption of e-government, as well as fostering the creation and growth of ICT-related companies.
7 “This will undoubtedly enhance job creation, enable and expand ICT innovation and the development of a dynamic and strong ICT sector that will enhance growth in all sectors of our economy.
8 The master plan also guides investors as they plan their investment priorities,” said President Kenyatta.
9 The President noted that the government is interested in leveraging ICT initiatives to achieve its national and global commitments, applauding the digital master plan’s goal of establishing more than 20,000 digital village centers across the country for digital empowerment of citizens.
11 He added that the digital village centers will allow the government to employ an additional 40,000 youth directly to staff the centers and provide training to all citizens interested in upgrading their skills and competencies.
12 At the conclusion of his term, President Kenyatta expressed his satisfaction with the great strides his administration has made in digitizing and integrating ICTs in all aspects of public life.
13 He cited the revolution in the provision of government services through the world acclaimed “Huduma Centers” as one of the achievements of the country’s digitization program.
14 In the education sector, President Kenyatta said that the Digital Literacy Program has been a key cog in the transformation of the education system.