by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, recently informed the public that a delegation is currently in Estonia, making preparations for a new academic venture; Coding.
Premier Brantley informed the public on Thursday, September 21, that ” A contingent of three representatives from the Ministry of Education, Information Technology et al., Miss Zahnela Claxton, Mr John Williams and Mr Jevon Claxton, as well as Minister Counsellor Elsa Wilkin-Armbrister are currently in Estonia learning about Estonia’s leading digital education system.”
Brantley added, “They will also spend time in Finland before returning to Nevis. This initiative is commendable as Estonia and Finland are ranked in the top 3 countries in Europe for digital education. The insights gained during the tour should position our ministry to continue to build and integrate technology across the system. We can’t wait to see what is to come!”
Coding is the process of writing computer programs, such as apps, websites, games, operating software, etc., that people use on a daily basis.
During the Wednesday, August 30 edition of “On The Mark”, the Premier advised the public of the benefits to the youth and the country once Coding is introduced in the schools.
He explained that not only would youths be able to create codes to support various applications or computer programmes, but a new dimension would also be created for the local economy. The youths, he said, who become experts in Coding can also work remotely from Nevis for large companies like Microsoft that require such services.
The Premier further expressed it’s more than just children learning how to turn on a computer and use it, but the time has arrived for children in Nevis to dig deeper and determine how Social media platforms work and how to build their own apps and software.