Youth inspired by Code Week in Africa and in Europe

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This past month saw a multitude of events being hosted in numerous countries to boost coding popularity among children. The 2015 Africa Code Week introduced coding skills to close to 90000 children and youth in the continent via more than 3000 coding events that took place in 17 countries around the continent from October 1st to the 10th. Morocco, Ivory Coast and South Africa were the most represented countries. In South Africa, Togo and Tunisia over 50% of the participants were girls. If this interests you, keep an eye out for the “Hour of Code” this December 4th, it will be a follow-up on the workshops hosted by several countries.

During the African Code Week, Cina Lawson, the Togolese Minister of Post and Digital Economy, spoke about the importance of digital literacy and coding knowledge for the new generations and to safeguard the development of the country’s economy (Jeune Afrique). The Minister, along with other members of the government, organized an event in which 5000 children and youth (from 5 to 16 years of age) were introduced to coding using Scratch, a free software that is widely popular. (A free press)

As reported by one of our previous posts, EU Code Week took off as soon as the African one ended, and lasted from October 10th to October 18th. Their news page shares highlights from different countries that took part in the event.

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During that week, Orange organised an event targeted at children between 9 and 13 years of age, the #SuperCodeurs (Super Coders). Nine countries took part in this program (4 European countries and 5 African ones) in which the children once again profited from the Scratch platform to create animations and games.

This event launched the Code for COP21 campaign, a competition that is still open until November 26th and invites children of any age to submit their contributions themed around the environment.

Additional Sources: Orange, E-RSE