July 28, 2022

Kenya’s Safaricom Partners With Kodris Africa To Promote Coding Lessons

Black-owned telecommunications provider, Safaricom, has announced its partnership with the online learning platform, Kodris Africa, to promote coding study classes.

The classes, which will be available for all to purchase through tokens on the M-PESA app, will provide children with a year’s worth of online coding classes, which users can activate on their tablets, laptop, or desktop computers. 

The program, which the Kenyan government first approved in April 2022, will introduce a new syllabus in primary and secondary schools aimed at teaching children one of the most sought-after skills in the world. 

Kodris Africa, founded in 2017 by Mugumo Munene, works as an online publishing company specializing in teaching children ages 7 to 16 how to code. The platform will deliver the new coding syllabus online so students across the country can interact with the classes from home.   

“We are excited to partner with Kodris to expand access to learning solutions to more than 30 million M-PESA customers who can now conveniently access the Kodris Mini App through our M-PESA Super App,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom. 

Safaricom has become the largest telecommunications provider in Kenya and one of the most profitable companies in East and Central Africa. The company works to transform the lives of Kenyans through its involvement with community development initiatives that focus on financial and personal growth. Their partnership with Kodris Africa marks the business’ commitment to enhancing the lives of Kenyans across the country. 

“The digital revolution taking place throughout the world is transforming how work is done,” said Mugumo Munene, CEO of Kodris Africa. 

“The skills students will learn via Kodris Africa will be relevant today and tomorrow and allow them to explore and unleash their creativity and innovativeness in a highly digitized and computerized world which offers growth opportunities.” 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpamika is a tech reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.