Inspiring Africa’s Next Generation of Coders
Only 1% of kids in developed countries leave schools with coding skills. In Africa, divide this number several times over. The number of African children taught coding, the language of computer programming, is virtually zero. This is a LOST opportunity.
afriCoderDojo is a brand new LIONS@FRICA partnership initiative to help teach 21st century coding skills to Africa’s youth. The concept is simple: afriCoderDojo teaches young people to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more while having fun. The partnership is based on the global CoderDojo movement and relies on a volunteer network of implementers and mentors to teach youth the basics of coding anywhere there is a computer and an internet connection.
afriCoderDojos are set up, run by and taught by real-world experts in coding and development at local schools, universities, companies, or innovation hubs across Africa. The groups tap into CoderDojo’s vast global experience in teaching coding skills to youth and supplement core training curriculum by providing African youth opportunities to visit technology companies or innovation hubs, learn from guest speakers and mentors, and participate in coding camps and competitions.
In addition to learning to code, youth are given the opportunity to meet other kids with similar interests and work on projects in an environment with their peers around them.
afriCoderDojo is the result of a partnership between CoderDojo, the U.S. Department of State’s Global Partnership Initiative and the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) Partnership.