The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom (MoITT) has inaugurated its CS First program that it was launching in collaboration with Google and Virtual University. A ceremony was held at the ministry for the official launch of the program that is meant for children from the age of 9-14 to teach basic coding and IT skills to such young individuals.
Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque inaugurated Google CS First Program to help students learn coding along with other IT skills in #Islamabad on October 28, 2020.#GoogleCSFirst #DigitalEconomy #ICT #Education @GooglePakistan #TelecomFoundation pic.twitter.com/6Fp1P1nDAe
— Ministry of IT & Telecom (@MoitOfficial) October 28, 2020
The ceremony was graced by the Federal Minister for IT and Telecommunication Syed Amin Ul Haque as well as Secretary IT Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui.
The program is based on Google CS First program and uses the Scratch programming language to teach children about coding through visuals. The ministry announced in April 2020 that it was working on this project and now it has come to fruition.
The Federal Secretary MoITT, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui said,
“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.”
The program is being rolled out with the help of Tech Valley Pakistan which is an official Google partner. Tech Valley Pakistan has localized the CS curriculum to suit Pakistan’s needs along with a detailed implementation plan to ensure the success of the program. The program will first be rolled out to Telecom Foundations Schools. Later it will also be introduced to other schools as well.
Farhan S. Qureshi, Head of South Asia at Google also said,
“We remain fully committed to the program, and we appreciate the support of the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom, the Telecom Foundation, and the Virtual University.”