Coding as a bragging tool after summer learning
Jesse Enemuoh has always believed he would have a life in software because of a great love for games. After three days at the Toolz Academy Summer Coding Programme, the 13-year-old already has his boastful leverage when school resumes in September.
“The first day, our instructor [Mike Umoren] gave us a batch of codes and then said we should run it.
“I was so surprised when a web page showed up,” he added.
Enemuoh is enamored with the prospects before him after attending his first coding sessions. The children aged between 10 and 16, are learning building web pages, HTML, and CSS. They would also be exposed to animation before the end of the two-week programme.
Education experts around the world are calling coding the ‘new literacy’ – “a subject so important that every child needs to know the basics to excel in our rapidly changing world.”
Jesse and his brother on their first day believed the programme was just the excuse needed by their parents to get them out of their hair.
The Toolz Academy Summer Coding Programme was supposed to be just a place where their parents could get them off their hands for the summer holidays, but it is amazing how much interest Jesse has developed in just a short period.
When I get back to school, all my friends are going to hear it,” he jocularly added.
Olufunke Akinloye, the Chief Learning Officer for Toolz Academy said, “the objective of this programme is to support the young generation in developing a great interest in programming which is the compass of the future of the world and Nigeria is no exception.
“We are looking to introduce these young ones early enough to the environment where they can create programmes that will make a major impact in their immediate environment, the country and even across the globe,” Akinloye added.
The future surely belongs to our children but they must learn more than their parents and combine old dots in new ways – that would be coding the future successfully.
The second batch of the Summer Coding Programme resumes on August 14, 2017, at the Toolz Academy office, 29, Adeniyi Jones, Ikeja.