CASTALIA’S PROGRAMMING EDUCATION PROJECT IN KENYA SELECTED AS ONE OF THE PROJECTS TO RECEIVE JICA’S SECOND FY2018 SME/SDG BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT, FOLLOWING FY2017

WITH REGARDS TO THE LOCAL USE OF THE METHODS IN THE FOSTERING OF PROGRAMMING EDUCATORS AND THE DEVELOPMENT
OF EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

 

“Survey on Entry-Level Code Learning in Fundamental Education”, planned by Castalia Co. Ltd. (headquarters: Tokyo, Japan) to take place
in the Republic of Kenya, has been selected by Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) as a commissioned project of business model formulation surveys to benefit from JICA’s Small and Medium Enterprises / Sustainable Development Goals Overseas Business
Development Support (the second of FY2018).

Small and Medium Enterprises / Sustainable Development Goals Overseas Business Development Support is a proposal-based commission
project that supports the overseas development of small and medium size enterprises in Japan.

“The support system matches the development needs of developing countries and excellent product and technologies offered by Japan’s
public sectors, and aim to find solutions to ‘businesses that contribute to the accomplishment of SDGs (SDGs businesses)’ and problems
that those countries have, and to enhance the relationship between the two countries through ODAs and further promote economic
relationship.”

The survey selected for commission focuses on the programming education for fundamental education in the Republic of Kenya,
a sequel to the basic survey that was selected in FY2017. Castalia will challenge the social problem of the qualitative and quantitative
lack of programmers that are essential for the prevalence of ICT in Africa by offering classes using CodeEdu, a series for the fostering
of programming human resources that uses both online learning and hands-on training, in order to create ICT human resources in
Kenya.

CodeEdu is optimized for use on smartphones and allows you to study regardless of time and location. It features functions for the
users to ask questions to the instructors as well as to share the learning experiences with their fellow learners, and the content and
structure are made in an efficient way that even beginners who do not have programming education experiences can become instructors.
In Japan, it has already been offered to Joetsu University of Education and the public.

The survey will start from FY2019.

JICA: 89 Projects Selected by FY2018 Small and Medium Enterprises and SDGs Business Development Support (Japanese language only)
https://www.jica.go.jp/press/2018/20190128_01.html?fbclid=IwAR135f1DSN3UImEj6b4dkf8Oov7WHEKf_h4qRvbo4yfnJ4K6bxpPb_YeH88

CodeEdu: Courses for Future Code Educators
https://www.codeedu.info/