New Programming Language for Kids, Launched in Kenya!



Hate it or love it, coding has become the new focus, not just on the continent but all over the world- learning to code is encouraged, especially amongst young people in schools. It’s all about giving them skills that will provide them with a real advantage in a hyper competitive world and 25 year old Kennedy Kanyi, CEO of a leading technology company Oneplace Technologies Limited, wants to ensure this happens in Kenya too!

The young tech guru recently launched BraceScript, a second level programming language targeted at kids to help them learn programming. According to him, BraceScript approaches programming concepts from a simple and fun to do point. The kids get to learn the importance of syntax as they enjoy creating things and drawing images and animations through code.

The initiative focuses on children between 7 and 17 years old, teaching them how to code or write computer software using BraceScript. Kids are charged $99,9 for an online account in order to access the platform- the money will go towards funding the company’s plans to build a hub for kids.
The online platform currently helps kids to use simple commands such as drawing, writing, animation, etc. Training takes place in Mumbasa, and at the end of every training session, kids are given the task of developing creative websites or software applications using the knowledge they have learnt.

“Being second level, BraceScript rides on first level language frameworks like Python and JavaScript. It is basically simple syntax formed to emulate complex syntax of first level languages; with the goal of making something easy for a kid,” he says.

Kanyi studied at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology where he obtained a degree in Information Technology. During his undergraduate days at JKUAT, he used to teach programming to fellow IT students at night. It is also worth noting that he is the first African to write a comprehensive programming language from scratch.

“Our aim is to nurture a generation of the next young and successful software developers in Africa. We look forward to be the minds behind the next big names in the technology industry.”

Well, we’re certainly excited for the next generation of geeks that will be products of this initiative!