Why Kids and Teens Should Learn Tech

The mind of a child is very vast and imaginative. Adults see paper, children see aeroplanes and buildings. Adults see a stick, children see a sword from the far ends of the multiverse. Adults see a chair, children see a space shuttle.  

Imagine what would happen if this imagination is given tech skills.  

The beauty of tech is its versatility in using code to create something that never existed before. We believe strongly that the power of a child’s imagination when combined with a tech skill can know no limits, just as children’s imaginations have no limit.  

For a while now, tech skills have largely been for the young adults and adults who have the resources and understand the importance of the tech industry. Kids and teens who may not readily have access to the importance of the tech industry in the present and future economies, also lack the resources to fund themselves. Regularly, it has been young adults and adults using tech to achieve great human progressive feats.  

However, as more families, schools, governments, and organizations ensure that tech knowledge is readily available and provided to kids and teens, the world has seen more kids and teens showcasing great creativity and proficiency by building tech products and gaining massive grounds in massive global use. 

For those who argue that kids and/or teens will not truly understand the benefits of tech and how to use it efficient; Here are some kids that are revolutionizing the tech industry and showing us that more kids and teens need to learn tech.  

  • Muhammad Hamza Shahzad is a seven-year-old boy from Birmingham. He is also the world’s youngest programmer in the world. How did a seven-year-old pass many tech exams including the Microsoft Office Professional exam to become a certified programmer? He had access to educational resources. Muhammed has the qualification to have a profitable tech career. Could that child in your neighbourhood be a tech genius?  
  • Thomas Suarez is twelve years old, and he is already a TED Talk speaker on coding. After learning Python, C, and Java, he has built three apps, including a location compass. He has his own company and has big tech revolutionary goals. A twelve-year-old with his own tech company. How wild is that? Apparently, it’s not wild anymore. If more kids get into tech, there will be a whole lot more achievements like this. So how did Thomas learn? From Apple’s software development kit.  
  • Alexander Knoll is twelve years old, and he is developing an app that connects disabled people with suitable job opportunities, buildings and businesses that have structure in place for disabled people, as well as service providers. Alexander’s empathetic and vastly courageous app has earned him not just a spot on the Ellen DeGeneres show, but he has also received 25,000 dollars investment from Ellen.  
  • A ten-year-old boy discovered a ‘bug’ on Instagram and received a bounty of 10,000 dollars. How did he learn? YouTube. 

So many more kids are building innovative tech products and getting the accolades, according to mobile.co but these kids all enjoy one thing in common: they were taught programming languages from a tender age. They had access to tech products and educational resources. The same cannot be said for a majority of the African child.  

What does all this show? Early exposure to tech gives kids a free rein to bring their imagination to life. In the course of this, these kids enjoy so many benefits like building a tech product that could meet a need in society, earning huge profits at such a tender age, and making a name for themselves in the tech space. This is only possible when a child is taught tech. Kids cannot sponsor themselves to learn tech. This is why we partner with schools, institutions, organizations, religious bodies, governments, etc in our quest to ensure that the African child is exposed to tech from a tender age.  

Sponsoring a child in tech could be your own way of not only giving the African child the same opportunities that children in the west enjoy, but it could also mean that you help bring the next tech genius to the limelight.  

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