Coding is one of the most important skills to have in the world right now, as it is the language that empowers the digital universe. Many of the everyday applications and websites we use, such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and TechGazi (sorry.. shameless plug) are all due to someones code!
Thanks to the internet, it is now easier than ever to learn code however many Africans are still not well versed on the power of programming. A group of Namibians have decided to tackle this issue by creating a platform for young Namibians to grasp the basics of coding.
Today we introduce NOI Coding Kids, the Namibian based company that is teaching young children how to code. We had the amazing opportunity to speak to the team at NOI Coding Kids and below you’ll find the interview we had with them.
NOI Coding Kids provides dynamic after school classes that include basic computer skills and programming. The programming classes have a curriculum that includes Web development, Game development and Robotics.
The idea of the company stemmed from an incident when the CEO, Johanna Amunyela’s son, was curious about what she does professionally and she felt the need to educate him. This sparked the realization that if he could understand the basic concepts of computers and coding at such an early age and knowing that we live in a more technologically advanced world it was easier for her to teach him more on how to build tech instead of how to use tech. This ultimately inspired Ms Johanna Amunyela to want to educate other children the same way she was educating her son.
The teaching environment in Windhoek is fun and supportive especially for the children. We host our physical classes at a Co-Working space called Dobox Dololo, the space is open and airy and allows for children to be in their creative element. We have online classes as well and are hosted using the zoom platform.
We at NOI Coding Kids believe in building a community of thinkers, creators, innovators and technopreneurs. The study of computers and programming enables children and teams to gain critical skills for success in the future especially because the world is currently moving to the 4th industrial revolution. Thus we opted for computers and programming because it helps develop logical, analytical and creative reasoning in children and we believe that coding is a foundation skill every child should have in today’s world, equal to reading, writing and mathematics.
Our advice to aspiring entrpreneurs is that being an entrepreneur is not easy but as long as you have passion and you’re willing to be a bit patient and to see it through tough times then you’ll likely succeed and reap the benefits. Aspiring entrepreneurs should also plan it through and execute and know that it is important work towards fixing problems and keeping your customers delighted with your service. As an aspiring entrepreneur you also need to take part in as many events aimed at educating entrepreneurs just to put you in a position to succeed.
Covid has effected all business sectors in life. Although, online education was already one of our teaching options, our face-to-face students suffered a great deal. Despite all the huddles, we are happy that we are still be operating.
Our plans for NOI Coding Kids include building our own labs all around the different regions of Namibia so that we grow our academy and make it possible to reach children in the southern and northern regions of Namibia especially the less fortunate and marginalized. We also aim to have our curriculum included in all the Namibian schools.
“Don’t worry just keep going eventually you’ll push through.” “Do not over think it. You are simply another person with a great idea so, say it!”
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