Kenyan telco, Safaricom, has partnered with Kodris Africa, an online publishing company, to promote coding education by purchasing annual lessons via the M-PESA app.
This means Kodris Africa’s customers can buy tokens for a year's worth of coding lessons via the M-PESA platform and then activate them on a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer for their children to learn to code.
In April 2022, the Kenyan government approved a new syllabus for teaching coding in primary and secondary schools through the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).
And in June, 2022, the programme was officially launched.
Charles Ong'ondo, CEO of KICD, stated that classes would be provided by Kodris Africa, the provider of Kenya's first-ever government-approved coding programme.
Kodris Africa is an online publishing company that teaches learners 21st-century skills like creative problem solving and algorithmic thinking, beginning in elementary school.
The programme is delivered online, and individuals can purchase licences so that students with home computers and Internet access can participate.
The syllabus is delivered to students via an interactive online studio.
Mugumo Munene, CEO of Kodris Africa, stated that the new partnership would increase access to coding lessons in the country.
Through this collaboration, Safaricom will provide more than 30 million M-PESA customers with access to learning solutions using the Kodris Mini App, which can be accessed via the M-PESA Super App.
According to Safaricom CEO, Peter Ndegwa, the collaboration will allow Kodris to innovate for their customers by leveraging Safaricom's payment and IT solutions.