Oracle Corporation and Equity Group Foundation: Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals training for high school students

dsc_0141_2_article_fullEquity Group Foundation Managing Director Helen Gichohi and Oracle Kenya Country Manager shake hands after joining forces on their corporate citizenship programs to launch the Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals training to grow ICT skills in Kenya.

Oracle Academy and the Equity Foundation Group joined forces on their corporate citizenship programs to launch Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals training to introduce world-class technology to Kenyan high school students from as early as Form 1.

The programme help develop and grow ICT skills in Kenya a goal both organisations mutually share.

Dr Helen Gichohi, the Managing Director of Equity Group Foundation said “Because world economies are increasingly depending on technology, and technology itself has become an important sector globally, efforts must be made to enable Kenyan youth to become computer literate.  Moreover, in the emerging economic order, basic computer literacy means the ability not only to use software, but also to modify or create; in other words, to program.  To compete internationally, ICT competencies of Kenyan youth need to rise to global standards and they need to be encouraged to draw on their intellectually curious, creative and be motivated to critically think about their surroundings.”

The training focuses on the Equity Group Foundations’ Wings to Fly scholars and their classmates, giving them access to more advanced computer skills that have real-world application using a fun and exciting approach that involves use of basic draft-and-drop animations (Alice) and use of simple interactive games and simulations (Greenfoot) to learn Java programming.

The initiative began with the training of thirteen Equity African Leaders Program scholars who participated in a week-long training-of-trainers to prepare them to in turn train upwards of 1,800 students across four high schools.

Gilbert Saggia, Country Leader of Oracle Kenya said that ICT skills are a key focus for government, business and industry alike. He added “With the rapid adoption of technology in Kenya, we need to help ensure that youth is equipped with the right skills to take advantage of career and entrepreneurial opportunities.”

Jane Richardson, Director Oracle Academy, Europe Middle East and Africa went on to say that the Oracle Academy is excited to work with the Equity Group Foundation to help develop the Equity Scholars Wings to Fly scholars and other Kenyan high school students. “Oracle is committed to help teachers impart technology skills to their students that will be of relevance to a broad spectrum of careers, and ultimately support economic growth in Kenya.”


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