As part of an effort to improve digital literacy among children, Sterling Bank Plc, the one-customer bank, has opened a summer camp in Lagos to expose kids to coding language during the summer holidays.
The fun-filled summer camp which is being organised in collaboration with Audax Code School is aimed at improving digital literacy through coding among primary and secondary school students in Nigeria. The camp which commenced on August 7 will end on the 18th.
Speaking on the summer camp initiative, Mr. Henry Bassey, Chief Marketing Officer, Sterling Bank, said the Bank is keen to play a significant role in bridging any gap in the digital skills of Nigerian children and to empower them and their teachers in the science of coding because coding is the language of the future.
Bassey said, “At Sterling Bank we are interested in activities that will foster creativity and critical thinking. We have ensured that learning at the summer camp will take place in a fun and collaborative environment so as to encourage many of them to take up careers in information and communications technology (ICT).
“The children will also be exposed to aspects of our Sterling Environmental Makeover (STEM) programme which seeks to promote environmental sustainability, good sanitation and hygiene, among others.”
He listed some of the modules to be covered at the camp as: introduction to programming with python, web application development with python, beginner web development, basic computer fundamentals and digital marketing/social media.
Sterling Bank is at the forefront of educating young Nigerians on the importance of saving and investing. In 2016, the Bank organised financial literacy trainings for children by staff volunteers across its network under the Employee Volunteer Programme.
In addition, 1,500 students were taken through the rudiments of financial literacy during the Financial Literacy Day on March 12, 2016.
Sterling Bank also distributed 4,000 copies of a book: My Little Money Book to about 600 schools pan- Nigeria.