African Girls Can Code Initiative 2018-2022 to bridge the regional gender divide

A practical session on robotics during the coding camp held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Photo by UN Women. Faith Bwibo.

A practical session on robotics during the coding camp held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. Photo by UN Women. Faith Bwibo.

ITU and UN Women, in collaboration with the African Union Commission launched African Girls Can Code Initiative (AGCCI) 2018-2022, which consists of a four-year programme to train and empower girls and young women aged 17 to 20 years old with ICT skills. The initiative intends to motivate girls to learn about digital technologies, establish business networks, meet role-models and create a community to share their experiences.

African Girls Can Code Initiative organized the first coding camp for girls in Africa, and it will be followed by 14 more to finish during the 2022 African Union Summit. The first camp took place in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia providing more than 80 girls from around the continent with 12 days of training on coding, mentorship and life skills. Participants learned computing skills through hands-on experience to become programmers, creators and designers in the future.

According to ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau Director, Brahima Sanou, “By teaching coding and other digital skills, this initiative is not only an opportunity that could help reduce youth unemployment but it is also a means towards achieving gender equality, women’s empowerment and accelerating the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Source: ITU and DevDiscourse