Following the successful operation of Rwanda’s first elite coding school in Nyabihu district, the government has announced plans to build four more centers of excellence in a bid to increase the number of well-trained engineers in key sectors of the economy.

According to the Ministry of ICT and Innovation, a second coding academy will open in September in the Muhanga district of the Southern Province, while a third will be built next year in the Eastern Province.

A total of 60 students who graduated from ordinary level (high school) with the best performance in science, mathematics and languages ​​will be enrolled in the newly built school in Muhanga.

The plan was announced recently when Nyabihu-based Rwanda Coding Academy, which launched in 2019, graduated its first cohort of 58 students.

“The idea behind these coding schools was to train future engineers from a young age of 15-17 when they want to learn and do new things,” said Paula Mussoni, Minister of ICT and Innovation.

“The coding academy in Muhanga, which was one of the president’s promises, will offer coding programs and possibly robotics. Therefore, these special model schools will help us to increase the number of students who receive good training. And partners are increasingly willing to help build these schools.”

After completing a three-year programming program, students at the academy in Nyabih raised the hope that the country will have locally trained engineers working in public institutions and the private sector.