The official press release for the Africa code week owerri event. contributed by Duru Chidi(@kennychidikenny)
Its being 2 years now and the African code week keeps getting stronger and doing a really great job sticking to its promise to empower future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce and become key actors of Africa’s economic development.
Africa code week is an event that has been taking place all across Africa since 2015 and spearheaded by SAP as part of its social investment to drive sustainable growth in Africa. Its a story oh hundred of schools, teachers, government and nonprofit getting together to bridge the digital and gender skills gap in Africa.
The initiative has empowered over 1 Million youth across 35 countries to either write their first lines of code or simply touch a computer for the first time.
During this year Africa Code Week, Lydia Obini the Co-founder of Codeant.org and her team of world class IT experts, developers and instructors made a strong impact in Owerri, Imo State by teaching both the public and private schools children and teachers coding with a programming language called scratch and also inspired them to be on the forefront of creating technology of the future not just consuming it alone.
During the Africa Code Week event in owerrri visual programming is used to teach children and young people coding, and coding is the use of different line of mathematical and logical commands to instruct the computer in other to create interactive art and robotics. Computer science is foundational for every industry today. Yet most schools don’t teach it.
About 250 Teachers and children were exposed to coding in a new language which every child deserves to be fluent for the first time.
so far the initiative has empowered over 1 Million youth across 35 countries to either write their first lines of code or simply touch a computer for the first time.