16 April 2019
ITIDA Launches ‘Next Coders’ Program within NTL Initiative

The Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (TIEC) of the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) has launched “Next Coders”, a free training program, targeting exceptional secondary-school first-year students from governmental schools all over Egypt. Registration is open until the end of May.

Next Coders is one of the Next Technology Leaders (NTL) presidential initiative programs. The three-month program teaches the fundamentals of programming “Learn to Code”, and is certified by Udacity International.

The program reflects the keenness of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) to integrate IT and programming fundamentals in the different educational stages. The aim is to build a generation of young people capable of keeping up with modern developments, equipped with the skills required by the labor market, and qualified to work according to modern career paths in software areas.

Phase one targets providing training to 1,200 out of 5,000 students over the period 2018-2019. Students are offered a three-moth course through Udacity e-learning platform. At the end of the course, successful students are granted an international certificate, a cash prize worth EGP 1,000 for each student, and a chance to win the programming league competition award held nation-wide.

The grant entails providing training in a number of areas, including web design languages, such as HTML, CSS, Python programming language, and the Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) paradigm through Python. This is in addition to introducing different programming languages through providing a training content consisting of videos and projects reviewed by Udacity platform reviewers. The grant, also, provides a forum for students all over the world to make use of different expertise, and an opportunity for trainees to hold meetings with Udacity platform reviewers at the beginning of the training path.

For applying to the grant, ITIDA has set a number of requirements. Students must be enrolled in the secondary-school first-year in September 2018, with an exceptional record in Mathematics and English, with a minimum of 80% and 75% respectively. Parents of students who fail to complete the course are to pay EGP 1,000.

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