I Want Programming To Be Added To Schools Syllabus- Afape Temiloluwa
The founder and project manager of Rubies Technologies, Afape Temiloluwa has said there is need for the government to include programming into the primary and secondary schools curriculum as a way of giving the children knowledge of technology and exposing them early to the reality of the world.
Temiloluwa made this known during the celebration of the 3 years anniversary of Rubies Technologies, a social enterprise organisation focused on training and equipping children with technological knowledge which involve coding and exposing them to programming.
According to her, for the past 3 years, Rubies Technologies has been involved in training children and students at various schools across Nigeria as a medium to give them future in the world of technology and exposing them to opportunities and careers in the tech niche.
“Kids can learn many things when they are young, that is why you see some people speaking many languages because it’s what they were exposed to when they were kids.” She said.
Though it may take a lot of process for the government at accommodate programming into the school syllabus, Temiloluwa is hopeful that schools will value this initiative and start to train their students.
While this is a social enterprise to help the communities, it is however a challenge getting people or organisations to sponsor many of their programmes.
According to her, “Getting funds have been the major challenges we have. In most of the programmes we have organised. I have been the one funding majorly what we do including transportation and feeding, it was only on two occasions that we got sponsors”.
She added that most schools are yet to understand what programming is and that is why they don’t value it but she is hoping the pandemic will wake them up
The Future Plan
“In the next 5 years, I want to have an institute where kids can train for summer school and for kids that are out of secondary school and waiting for university admission; they can use the waiting period to get trained while we have at least 15 schools we will be partnering with.
The plan is to get the programming included in the syllabus for schools, and then we will be able to sell the ideas to them and provide our resource people to train them. It’s what they are practicing in Europe and other countries.” Says Temiloluwa.
She said her vision is to make every kid be inspired and making programming part of school activities so as students are learning Biology, Chemistry or Mathematics, they will also see programming as part of them.
Rubies Technologies provides structure of training children on Web Development, Android Development, Graphics, Python or Game Development while also exposing them to internship and other practical.