Africa Code Week 2017 to train thousands of youth and teachers across the entire continent
Given the success of Africa Code Week (ACW) during the past two years, the new goal for the initiative is to introduce over 500,000 African youth from 35 different countries to coding skills. The program will take place in four different phases, which consist in “training the trainers”, registration & activity planning, participation in workshops and finally an hour-of-code activity to follow-up on the previous activities.
Agrica Code Week is organized by SAP, UNESCO YouthMobile, the Cape Town Science Center and the Galway Education Center. It combines expertise from both public and private organizations, and collaborates with local governments for the implementation of activities in different regions.
One of the countries in which major participation is expected is Ghana, where around 150,000 youth and 800 teachers are expected to benefit from the initiative. There parents, teachers and educators have already received training and access to teaching materials to train children and youth next October 2017.
According to Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bamumia, “Africa Code Week is a powerful leverage for the public sector to wide-spread digital literacy on a nation-wide scale.”