A total of 53 children between the ages of eight and 15 have been trained in coding and robotics under the Phoenix Kid Programme by iSpace, a nongovernmental organisation involved in tech activities.
The annual programme seeks to train kids on the basics of coding, website development, game development and that of robotics in order to raise kids who are tech inclined.
They were selected from schools in the Greater Accra Region.
Basic software like Scratch was used to teach the kids how to programme a game or the creation of animations.
The training also included 3D design, Hyper Text Mark-up Language (HTML) and a variety of other coding software.
Each participant was presented with a certificate at the end of the five weeks training.
“iSpace sees the importance of technology and how it is shaping society. As a result, we are dedicated to ensuring that we do our best to make the kids’ tech savvy and the readiness of the kids to learn shows how this program has been worthwhile,” Programmes Manager of iSpace Ms Nma Favour Ozichukwu stated.
Though she said the number was high, she said inadequate resources made it difficult to take in more kids for the programme.
Mrs. Ernestina Edem Appiah, the CEO of Ghana Code Club who partnered with iSpace to facilitate the whole training programme indicated that the children were creative and this made it easy for them to transform their concepts into games and animations.
Many of the kids expressed their desire to be computer scientist and expressed gratitude to iSpace and Ghana Code Club for the training.