In a move geared towards fostering future career options for children in programming, Kiddogramming Consultant recently organised a competition for young developer of age 5 to 7 in the junior category and 7 and above in the senior category.
The kiddogramming competition was mainly set up to help children learn using logical reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving skills.
Chuka Iwuh, the CEO/Founder of Kiddogramming Consultant, in a remark at the programe in Lagos said knowing how to programme helps kids understand and tinker with the world that they are living in. In the future, the amount of technology and our reliance on it will only increase.
According to him, “The students of today need to be able to not only consume this technology, but to understand and control it. The point is we want our kids to be able to make and change things, and to make things happen. They should be active participants in the global economy, not passive consumers. Do you want your child to be a thinker and innovator who can turn his or her ideas into reality? If so, encourage them to learn how to programme”
Iwuh hinted that the mission of the consultant is to take programming to ever child and school across Nigeria and redefine the way children think and tackle problems they face every day.
He said the initiative will turn the Nigerian children from being part of the globe to the ones that have a say on how it is shaped.
He disclosed that Kiddogramming recently partnered with Early Excellence School Ikoyi and their course has been integrated into their curriculum, whereby every kid that goes to this school would be taught how to programme from the first course up to when the graduate and this is just the first of many.
“Kiddogramming is a 3-Tier child-friendly curriculum, which encompasses Computer Science, Programming for Kids (which comprises of Course 1 – Course 4) and Logo Programming”, he said.
At the end of the keenly contested programming competition, Olaoluwa Fawole of Corona Schools Ikoyi, emerged first prize winner in category 2 (kids aged 7 and above) and was given a Lenovo Ideapad A10; Bowale Adetunji of Corona Schools Ikoyi came second and was given a Hewlett Packard Laptop Bag while Peterpaul Ibe of Lekki British Schools Lagos came third and went home with Laptop ultramodern mobile speaker.
In the category 1 (Kids aged 5-6), Morolake Adebiyi of Corona Schools Ikoyi, emerge first prize winner and received an Acer Iconia 7-inch Android Tablet; Demilade Runsewe of Priory Preparatory School Lagos came second and won a HP brand computer accessory.