Kenya’s tech hub: Meeting the DIY coders and gurus of the future

In our series of letters from African journalists, Ismail Einashe goes for some tech lessons in Kenya.

On a balmy morning in Nairobi a group of children are building robots using motors and wires, while in an adjacent room a child is learning how to use software to spell their name on a computer.

This hive of tech activity is taking place at the headquarters of the Stem Impact Centre, a two-story bungalow in the centre of the Kenyan capital.

Established in September 2020, the centre supports schools by providing their students with the space to learn coding and robotics and take a DIY approach to learning technology.

The centre is the brainchild of Alex Magu, who founded it driven by a passion to “democratise computer science” in Kenya.

He believes giving every child access to tech-based resources is vital for the development of Kenya.

And it seems that the Kenyan government agrees with him.

In April, it announced it would implement a new technology curriculum for primary and…

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