Johannesburg — Thousands of youngsters in Africa are poised to benefit from an ongoing continent-wide initiative to spread digital literacy and simplify access to coding education for young people.
Called the Africa Code Week, it is the brainchild of SAP Africa, market leader in enterprise application software.
Running from Thursday to October 10 it will consist of online sessions and hundreds of free coding workshops for children and youth aged 8 to 24 in Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda.
In preparation for Africa Code Week, SAP has deployed its own IT experts as volunteers to train adults, parents, teachers and government staff, giving them the tools they need to bring coding knowledge to children and youth. To-date, they have already trained 1 500 educators.
Africa Code Week, arguably the first initiative of its kind in the continent, follows the realization digital literacy has the power to put millions of young Africans on the path to successful careers.
Pfungwa Serima, Executive Chairman, SAP Africa, said over the next decade, Africa's youth would play a key role in the Digital Economy.
"Over the next decade, Africa's youth will determine whether the continent wins or loses the game. The Digital Economy is here and the opportunities is presents are manifold. If we equip young Africans with the best technology, give them skills that make them relevant to the job market and empower them to be bold and innovative, we will see them do amazing things," said Serima.
Founded and orchestrated by SAP in partnership with Simplon.co, the Galway Education Centre, the Cape Town Science Centre and the King Baudouin Foundation Africa Code Week is supported by a fast-growing network of local governments, international and local educational organizations, NGOs and software companies across the continent.
Google Inc. also joined Africa Code Week as a strategic partner to support local organizers of computer science and coding activities all over Africa.
Africa Code Week is part of SAP's effort to bridge this digital skills gap and drive sustainable growth in Africa.
The company already invests in the SAP Skills for Africa programme, which provides additional business and IT skills to recent university graduates. Africa Code Week reinforces that commitment to graduates while extending it to primary and secondary students, creating a full cycle of skills support for young people in Africa.