ADDIS ABABA – President Sahle-Work Zewde spoke with Betelhem Dessie, founder and CEO of iCog-ACC, about tech education aimed at enabling Ethiopian kids and youth to compete with the fast-paced digital world.
Shalework received Betelhem in her office on Wednesday to “discuss multiple tech interventions” iCog-ACC has with a focus on increasing girls’ participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), according to the Office of the president.
The DigiTruck Ethiopia Project which iCog-ACC recently launched together with the Ministry of Education and Huawei Tech, was also a subject of their discussion.
The project aims to bridge the digital divide by establishing a framework for kids and young adults to be introduced to the latest digital technology at an early age.
“Ethiopian kids and youth need to be introduced to the 21st-century technologies now more than ever to compete with the fast-paced digital world,” the President noted after the meeting.
Digitruck is moving off-the-grid coding and robotics classrooms that will reach multiple cities across Ethiopia teaching thousands of kids programming, robotics, and other digital skills that will allow them to improve their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.
“By implementing this project, we are trying to give the same opportunity I had as a kid,” Betelhem said during the launching event of the DigiTruck last month.
She said the project aims to inspire the next generation of coders while “building a network of innovators that will shape the future of the country’s tech ecosystem.”
DigiTruck Ethiopia, which has begun conducting the first-ever class for kids between 12 and 18 in Addis Ababa inside its refurbished 40ft container starting last week, will conduct a country-wide technical tour.