The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of Egypt’s Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has launched the “Next Coders” program to build and develop the skills of first-year secondary students in programming. This is done through a grant to the “Learn to Code” nanodegree program on the famous Udacity online learning platform.
The nanodegree program provides a training in a number of areas including the basics of programming through HTML, CSS, and Python, and the Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) paradigm through Python. Equipped with a number of hands-on projects, international reviewers, and virtual connect sessions among learners and mentors, it provides an excellent opportunity to effectively enter the field of programming.
Registration was opened for students on 15th of April 2019, and on 26th of June 2019, 1299 students were enrolled from 616 governmental schools from all Egyptian governorates.
Those completing the learning track will be offered also an incentive cash prize of a EGP 1,000. In addition, 400 of the top learners will be offered more advanced learning tracks in order to select a 100 learner to form Egypt’s programming team. A programming league competition is planned to be held nation-wide to further sharpen the skills of those learners.
The Next Coders program reflects the keenness of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to integrate IT and programming fundamentals in all educational stages where the government is investing heavily to build a generation equipped with the needed digital skills and has the abilities to think and problem-solve like a programmer.