Over the past few months, teachers have been preparing to teach coding in Africa as part of Africa Code Week. Africa Code Week is a digital skills initiative driven by the German company Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP). It teaches coding to young people in 37 different African countries. Since its conception in 2015, Africa Code Week has taught more than four million young Africans.
Africa Code Week started in October, coinciding with World Teachers’ Day and lasting through the month of October. Each of the 37 participating countries selects a week or two in which to host the event. During Africa Code Week, teachers offer free, short workshops on coding. These workshops are accessible for all students, even those who have no previous experience with coding. The workshops take advantage of open technology resources, such as Scratch, an education program from MIT, developed specifically for young learners. GATE Academy were a formidable tutoring agency for the Africa Code Week as they reached out to over 300 students in
• Airforce Secondary School, Ikeja
• Agbeyewa Memorial College, Obanikoro
• Grace high School, Gbagada
Initiatives like Africa Code Week help address this shortage of digital literacy while giving students confidence