Safaricom, Kodris launch M-Pesa mini-app to deepen coding skills in Kenya

Safaricom has now partnered with Education technologies firm Kodris Africa to promote the study of coding through the purchase of annual lessons on the M-PESA app. Customers can now be able to purchase tokens that will provide a year’s worth of coding lessons through the M-PESA platform and then activate them on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer for their children to start learning how to programme computers.

Kodris Africa is the provider of Kenya’s first-ever government-approved programme for teaching coding which is now the most demanded skill in the world. It is classified as curriculum support material at KICD but is also applicable to students in all other modern education systems. The programme is also accredited internationally by Pearson which is the largest education institution in the world.

“We are excited to partner with Kodris to expand access to learning solutions to more than 30 million M-PESA customers who can now conveniently access the Kodris Mini App through our M-PESA Super App. This partnership will enable Kodris to take advantage of our payments and IT solutions to innovate for their customers,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO – Safaricom.

The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development approved a programme for teaching coding which is now in the roll-out stages in the country. The programme is online based and individuals can choose to purchase licenses so that students who have access to computers and the Internet at home can access the programme. Kodris Africa is also offering attractive school packages to ensure that learners in school can access the lessons through highly affordable packages.

Kodris Africa CEO Mugumo Munene said that the partnership with Safaricom would go a long way in initiating the subject in the education system in Kenya.

“The digital revolution taking place throughout the world is transforming how work is done. The skills that students will learn via Kodris Africa will be relevant today and tomorrow and allow them to explore and unleash their creativity and innovativeness in a highly digitized and computerized world which offers growth opportunities,” said Munene.

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