Google CS First Program, Tech Valley and Telecom Foundation Schools Collaboration

CS First is an early age coding program designed by Google for kids aged between 9 to 14 and consists of a free computer science curriculum that makes coding easy to teach and fun to learn through video-based activities, with different themes like sports, art, and game design.

Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication (MOITT) and Google have joined hands along with Tech Valley Pakistan (Official country partner of Google for Education, Google cloud and Google workspace), Telecom Foundation to launch this program to help kids learn coding along with other IT skills.

The platform which will be used in this regard is "Scratch" platform, a specialized tool researched and developed by MIT. Tech Valley has localized global CS First curriculum to suit the Pakistani context and has developed a detailed plan of implementation and liaised closely with Googles global CS First team in California to ensure they are fully up to speed on the curriculum.

In the initial phase of the program, the Telecom Foundation Schools - that house the underprivileged children from the telecoms sector families- will benefit from this initiative and pass on this digital literacy to the underprivileged and low income households within its mandated segment.

The program will be piloted to the students of the TF schools covering three cities i.e. Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore. The program will be mainly divided into two parts; Train the Trainer, followed by orientation of students on the said platform. Once trained, the teachers will be able to train teachers from the remaining schools and cities.

Telecom Foundation embarked upon a transformational educational initiative last year under the name of SEED, which will ensure an expansion in the number of its schools for the underprivileged children as well as uplifting of their facilities and most importantly their digitalization.

The Google GS First has come as a great and timely stepping milestone in accomplishment of the SEED project where it will create the possibility for the underprivileged children to become part of the countrys digital economy.

CS First Program is the comprehension of Prime Minister Imran Khans vision of Digital Pakistan and is an important stepping stone in introducing digitalization in Pakistan.