Africa Code Week 2016 has the goal to teach coding skills to 150,000 youth across 30 African countries

Africa Code Week 2016 is an initiative generated by SAP, local African governments, NGOs, educational institutions and businesses to provide job-relevant coding skills to 150,000 young persons across 30 African countries. The program kickoff took place on 10-12 May during the World Economic Forum in Kigali, Rwanda and announced that from 15-23 October thousands of free coding workshops and online training courses will be offered to children and youth.

According to the World Economic Forum, Africa has the fastest growing digital consumer market and working-age population in the world, for this reason providing IT training to children and young people represents a wide opportunity for the region. Africa Code Week 2016 will provide children (8-17) with training based on the MIT Media Lab Scratch program to learn the basics of programming in an interactive way. Older youth (18-24) will learn about website architecture, user experience and basic web skills in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and SQL.

In order for the initiative to have a greater impact, teachers, parents and educators will receive free training from the date of the Kick-off event until the beginning of the program in October. Furthermore, since June 2015 the OpenSAP Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) called “Africa Code Week: Teaching Programming to Young Learners” has been supporting teachers of young learners how to get their students engaged in the use of modern digital technologies.

The program supported 89,000 youth in 2015, trained by 1,500 experts across 17 countries in 10 days. Now, the goal was set much higher and the results will be seen next October. For this reason, Africa Code Week received a C4F award in the World Communications Forum in Davos on March 2016. The program was recognized for providing full cycle support to provide digital skills for young people in Africa from lower educational levels up to university graduates requiring business and IT skills to enter the workforce.

Sign up to access the Africa Code Week: Teaching Programming to Young Learners MOOC or know more about the initiative in their Twitter account @AfricaCodeWeek

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