Fast-growing Edutech company in Nigeria, ‘KidsTech Africa’ is building kids to launch into the tech world by giving them hands-on training on how to use coding to solve problems innovatively.
KidsTech Africa is an EduTech company that focuses on technology education for young Africans (aged between 6 and 15). The coding and tech company has helped train over 2000 kids in different communities in Nigeria and is extending to 2 more countries soon.
Ishola Kayode, co-founder of KidsTech Africa mentioned in a statement that, the company is committed to improving the technological ecosystem of Africa by raising young kids who will take on the responsibilities of building solutions to lingering problems in their immediate society and the continent at large.
These kids are trained in Programming, Software & Hardware Engineering, IoT, AI, VR, and other technologies. KidsTech Africa is a hands-on coding programme that teaches kids to solve problems innovatively through computer programming.
“We are now in the tech-driven era, with our daily activities revolving around technology. However, Africa has always been lagging behind in technological advancement. The continent depends significantly on advanced nations for the technologies it consumes”, Ishola said, as he emphasized what created the need to startup the company.
He further stated that, ‘There is now more than ever the need for Africa to start developing technologies and catch up with advanced countries. One way to do this is to prepare and nurture African kids to become inventors and technology creators in tech-driven world”.
According to him, this is what informed the decision of designing and implementing the KidsTech program.
KidsTech Africa aligns with the Goals 4, 5, 8 and 9 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 Agenda, which seeks quality education, gender equality, economic growth, Infrastructure and more for developing countries.
Ishola Kayode also shared with Espact, what inspired him to go into investing in Edutech, while he explained his experience dated back to 2015. Ishola, while an undergraduate of University of Ilorin developed a project for Centre For Social Awareness Advocacy and Ethics Inc (CSAAE); an American -Nigerian non-profit organization.
The project called “Kids Code It” was developed to help introduce Nigerian kids to coding and technology in a bid to make Africa competitive in the global tech space. In 2019, the project was revitalised and rebranded as KidsTech Africa with new programming languages added (Python, Java, and Arduino).
The program was founded by Ishola Kayode who is currently the strategy lead, Dunmoye Ayobami is the team lead, Soliu Muhammad is the growth lead, while Olawale Oyewale and Sulaiman Muhammad are lead instructors. The company’s true-and-tried system is based on over 9 years of experience shared among its team members.
KidsTech Africa held its maiden exhibition last year (Dec. 5, 2020) where kids exhibited projects ranging from ATM simulators, Games, CBT software and others.
The company has expanded into Ibadan, Oyo state in a bid to get more kids into the program. On May 21, 2021, KidsTech Africa teamed up with 2 non-profit organization to commemorate the International Day for Girls in ICT.
KidsTech got its first award for 2021 at the program which was held in Ilorin where 50 girls were introduced into technology.