Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, along with Tech Valley Pakistan, Telecom Foundation and Virtual University has launched a nationwide program with Google to help kids learn coding along with other IT skills.
A ceremony in this regard held at the committee room of the Ministry of IT and Telecommunication on Wednesday.
Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque inaugurated the Google CS First Programme. Secretary IT Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui was also present on the occasion.
CS First is an early age coding program for kids aged between 9 to 14 and consists of a free computer science curriculum that makes coding easy to teach and fun to learn through video-based activities, with different themes like sports, art, and game design. “CS First Program is the comprehension of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s vision of Digital Pakistan and is an important stepping stone in introducing digitalization in Pakistan”, said Syed Amin Ul Haque, Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication. He said CS First Program will prove to be the best platform for Pakistani students.
The platform which will be used in this regard is “Scratch”, a specialized tool researched and developed by MIT. As an official Google partner, Tech Valley Pakistan will assist the MoITT with the roll-out of the program, starting from the Telecom Foundation schools.
The Federal Secretary MoITT, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui emphasized, “CS First Program is just the stepping stone and the MOITT envisages a country digitally equipped with IT skills that will lead the next generation of technology pioneers and developers”.
Tech Valley being the official trusted country partner for Google for Education, Google Cloud and Google Workspace, has localized global CS First curriculum to suit the Pakistani context, has developed a detailed plan of implementation and has liaised closely with Google’s global CS First team in California to ensure they are fully up to speed on the curriculum.
Umar Farooq, CEO Tech Valley Pakistan said, “We have been working with Google in Pakistan since 2017. We want to help the youth of this country to better understand the importance of digital skills and realize the dream of a digital Pakistan”.
Google has made the implementation of the ‘CS First’ program one of its top priorities in Pakistan. In this regard, Farhan S. Qureshi, Head of South Asia at Google stated, “We remain fully committed to the program, and we appreciate the support of the Mi