IT skills: KPITB trains over 3,000 students to programme

In a bid to enhance the skills of youngsters, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB) has trained 3,000 students of different government schools.

The training was imparted under the first phase of information technology training programme called ‘early age programming and IT essentials initiative’.

The KPITB had launched the programme in collaboration with the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Elementary and Secondary Education Department in April 2017, with the aim of preparing the next generation of the province to succeed in the global technology market.

According to KP E&SED documents, the project had launched as a pilot at 60 government schools in 14 districts across the province with the help of around 20 trainers.

The main focus of this initiative was to provide an opportunity to students to learn to programme in a fun and immersive manner.

The documents further state that with the programming skills the students were taught and their own imagination, the students managed to create hundreds of games, applications, and animations.

K-P Elementary and Secondary Education Media Advisor Ziaur Rehman told The Express Tribune that the first phase of this initiative had been completed in which 3,000 students — including 285 from just six government schools of Peshawar, from grades six through nine, were trained.

In the second phase of this programme, over 300 school students would be provided training across the province.

Rehman said that the KPITB also provided training to teachers in the IT sector.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2017.

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