In 35 African countries, 500,000 African children have participated in Africa Code Week 2017. Youths in the age group of 8-24 took part in thousands of free coding workshops that have been organized throughout the week.
BizTechAfrica reports that, in preparation for these events, thousands of teachers in participating countries were trained by skilled volunteers from SAP and ACW Ambassadors.
The African code week was kicked-off in Tanzania, a country that has experienced a higher growth pace than the average rate in sub-Saharan Africa (6.9% compared to 4.9% growth rate since 2005). Experts say that technology based innovation and improving skills are major drivers for Tanzania’s growth. Educating young Africans in IT and particularly coding is believed to be the key to further growth. A report by BizTechAfrica suggests that to young Africans, coding must become part of the daily learning journey to take advantage of the immense opportunities presented by the digital revolution.
As part of the Africa Code Week, the German Federal Ministry for Cooperation and Development (BMZ) provides micro grants to 20 female tech leaders who organize coding workshops in 17 African countries specifically for girls.
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