Many brains behind inspiration remain unsung, though their roles are essential in keeping tomorrow’s leaders’ names shining brightly. Meet this phenomenal woman managing Kids in ICT- a project that’s aiding and providing disadvantaged kids with basic computer skills and coding skills.
IT specialist Keoikantse Tsholofelo Botlholo believes so greatly in up skilling and re-skilling towards building and bridging the gap between Technology skills Development and disadvantaged backgrounds. And, with over 5 years of experience and effort in this project her passion for training kids by means of digital skills with longevity has seen her cater for over one thousand(1000), kids in the areas of Mafikeng and Zeerust.
Her introduction to this passion was in college while she was still in her second year of IT studies majoring in Software Development at False Bay College in Cape Town, where she started transferring coding skills to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Today, Kids In ICT holds a portfolio of implementing digital skills to an average of ten (10), Primary schools( Staad Primary, Onkgopotse Tiro, Tlhomeso Primary, Modiko Primary, Khunotswane Primary,Mokgatlha Primary and Maramage Primary, training kids from grade 6- 7 in Coding Fundamentals and have kids figure projects from skills they’ve acquired.
“We have so far trained over 1000 kids in Mafikeng and Zeerust but, it’s not just about the number, it’s about helping them with choosing the right career paths, before they even reach matric subsequently, they will have proper knowledge of what they want to pursue, this will in turn eliminated the number of dropouts at varsity level,” she says.
Keoikantse works alongside with other Coding Facilitators: Kopano Mokone and Mojalefa Phakedi; Computer skills Facilitators: Dineo and Neo Matlhako; Life Coaches: Tumi Tlhabi , Karabo Mediwane and Joe Mnisi, whom all commited a two weeks off this past days of October just to keep the Kids in ICT engine running.
“The Greatest goal I have for Kids in ICT Project is to have more kids coding and seeing them build solutions for their communities using Technology. Having them participate in hackathons confidently and representing the dusty villages they originate from”, Keoikantse says.
She adds that as of January 2020, Kids in ICT will be full time in the North-West province, in hopes to adopt 10 more schools and have a sustainable three month programme in each school.