The National Bank of Kenya and Kodris Africa has rolled out a payment platform for teaching coding in both primary and secondary schools.
The partnership will allow Kodris Africa’s customers to directly make payments from any of the 85 NBK branches across the country.
According to NBK Acting Managing Director Peter Kioko, the partnership will enable Kodris customers to access the bank’s wide branch network as part of deepening education in the country.
“National Bank, as part of the KCB Group, has a relationship with a network of over 50,000 schools in the country and we will therefore be able to tap into this network in our collaboration with Kodris Africa,” said Kioko.
He added that coding is the language of technology and it is where the world is going.
“Everything is being driven by technology. I am encouraged to see a programme that is focused on moulding young students at a tender age, in readiness for the real world,” he said.
Kodris Africa CEO Mugumo Munene said that the partnership with NBK seeks to make it easier for parents and schools “who are ready to start on this novel and important journey” to make payments.
“This partnership with a top-tier bank is ground breaking because it will ease payments for our unique product and allow ease of access to our clients wherever they are,” said Munene.
Mugumo added that the partnership will provide Kodris’ customers, both corporate and individual, with a payment solution for the monthly, quarterly, or yearly license through the Bank.
“We are tailoring the payment solutions to meet the reality on the ground, and the reality is that parents want a provision for staggered payment plans,” he said.
Kodris Africa coding syllabus was approved by the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) issued by CEO Charles Ong’ondo on April 19, making Kenya the first country in Africa to reach this important education milestone.
Kodris is also certified by Pearson which is one of the largest education institutions in the world.
It was formally launched earlier this month by ICT and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru in Nairobi who noted that the world was now being driven by digitisation.