Award-winning Industry-backed Computing Programme Launches In Nigerian Schools This Academic Year
By: Kucheza Gaming
has gone international for the first time ever this academic year.
Digital Schoolhouse (DSH), a UK-based programme which uses play-based learning to
engage the next generation of pupils and teachers, has partnered with Kucheza Gaming
to deliver Computer Science lessons to young people in Nigeria from September.
Originally seed-funded by the Mayor of London's Schools of Excellence fund and
delivered by the UK game trade body Ukie, the not-for-profit DSH has now reached
86,000 pupils across the country and seeks to replicate its impact by introducing
games-centric resources and 'unplugged' activities (requiring no technology) to young
people in Nigeria.
Kucheza Gaming is an Africa focused esports and games company for ages 6 -18 years
which harnesses "play" as a force for youth development and empowerment in Africa.
Reflected by their namesake "Kucheza" - a Swahili word meaning "play" or "to play" -
the organisation demonstrates a new level of value in gaming,
Educating young people through esports sparked the collaboration, where alongside
DSH, Kucheza Gaming successfully deployed their own esports tournament in Lagos
earlier this year. Drawing interest from the likes of Nickelodeon and the BBC, the
tournament fuelled appetite for more curriculum-based activities to improve digital
skills and spotlight careers opportunities in Nigeria.
Going forwards, this partnership will provide Nigerian pupils with access to meaningful
opportunities that enable digital skills development and showcase a breadth of related
careers in tandem. Plans include an international game jam for UK and Nigerian schools
which is hoped to facilitate a rich cultural exchange of knowledge and skills.
Bukola Akingbade, founder and CEO of Kucheza Gaming said: "Creative industries have a pivotal role to play in building future digital skills in a continent like Africa. With an average age of 19.5 years, the continent is home to the world's youngest population and this trend will continue to accelerate.
The widening gap between population growth and education deserves increased
attention and resolution, and we believe that this partnership with Digital Schoolhouse
will allow us to reach more African children through esports and computing."
Shahneila Saeed, head of education at Ukie and director of Digital Schoolhouse
said: "We're thrilled to have Kucheza Gaming on board to make our dream of rolling out the programme internationally, a reality.
Since our inception, the programme has received support from industry heavyweights
to enable major impact in UK schools. Through this partnership, we hope to continue to
use play-based learning to upskill and empower young people in Africa - the youngest
and fastest growing continent."