Coding is the literacy of the digital age indeed: a whole new language for children to speak fluently and express themselves in the 21st century. However, in Africa, less than 1% of children leave school with basic coding skills. Knowing that 11 million youth are expected to enter the African labor market every year over the next decade2and that digital jobs could increase their income by 40% to 200%3, acting now is a must.
This is what brought SAP, Simplon.co, Galway Education Centre and Cape Town Science Centre to team up and give birth to Africa Code Week. In October 2015, this continent-wide initiative will bring hundreds of coding workshops to 20,000 kids and youth from 3 different age groups (8-11, 12-17 and 18-24) across 11 countries (South Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Togo and Egypt).
Can you get onboard, join forces with us and help reality surpass our initial dream? The answer is ‘yes’ in English and ‘1’ in binary code! Whether you are a coding/science teacher, a government, a NGO/NPO, an educational institution, a corporation or a CSR department, you can help us positively impact the lives of thousands of African children and youth this year.
Convinced, with Einstein, that “the only source of knowledge is experience”, let’s go and simplify the face of coding for young Africans through hands-on, playful learning! Together, let’s empower them with the skill set they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce and become key actors of Africa‘s economic development.