Tennessee State University and AME Church Roll Out Coding Course for African Students

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Tennessee State University (TSU) collaborates with the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church to deliver digital education in West and South Africa. Through this collaboration, secondary students will earn high school and college credit while developing technology skills from the available digital resources.

This initiative aims to encourage learners to pursue their interest in STEM-related disciplines. Hopefully, this can ignite their desire for these areas and realize the numerous career opportunities that come with it, according to a school administrator of TSU.

The course will concentrate on unconventional methods of teaching like app design, coding, and robotics. These teaching techniques are necessary to inspire and advance STEM within the minorities.

The AME Church reached out to the university to push for this partnership, hoping to present a path to students who usually don’t have the appropriate or sufficient resources for this curriculum.

According to one of AME Church’s bishops, this project is a dream come true for the organization. They take it as an enlightening moment, particularly to those developing countries like Liberia.

Coding and application design is a critical ingredient in the global workforce, and TSU aims to make a difference by ensuring the minorities across the world are geared with ample knowledge and abilities to compete and succeed. The majority of the eligible students come from secondary institutions that can be part of the TSU student community.

Apart from the partnership in Africa, the university also collaborates with institutions in various districts of Tennessee. The curriculum is offered to learners interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. All high school students are encouraged to join the TSU Dual Enrollment program that provides STEM, Liberal Arts, and Language Arts courses.

Read the full report from Tennessean.