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Tujiza commented on Coding Bootcamp meets Refugee Camp

Hello Chrystina,
This is a wonderful idea that will help many Kiziba students gain practical coding skills. IT development being one of Rwanda's Vision 2020 targets, this is an idea that cannot only serve Kiziba students but also the whole Rwandan youth.

You mentioned that advocacy for employment will be one of the interventions put in place in order to help Kiziba students, after going through the program you are proposing, use their coding skills.

I do not know if you thought about this (and if so I would like to know how this is or is not feasible): What if you partner with different organizations that work in the IT fields (K-Lab, RwandaOnline, Jumia Rwanda, etc.)? In the initial phase of the coding bootcamp, these IT organizations can offer feedback on the specific computer skills that students can learn. A partnership with the companies can help students gain recommendations as well as internships and jobs. Also, partnering with companies that are in need of coders, web designers or editors could be another way to create employment for these students (restaurants, hotels, fashion houses, small starts-up).
Also, it would be beneficial if students in the bootcamp can learn a bit on social media skills. Rwandan companies and organizations are still developing in terms of using social media as a competitive advantage. Therefore, equipping the Kiziba students with these skills can be an added value to their coding skills.
I remember you being among the people who made Kepler to be as successful as it is, and I can imagine how impactful the coding bootcamp is going to be. I mean I cannot wait for this program to start and succeed.
Good luck with everything!
Best regards,