JOHANNESBURG – As a part of its contribution to Mandela Day on 18 July, established South African coding program CodeJIKA will supply free coding coaching to learners, dad and mom and lecturers wishing to study the fundamentals of coding in 1 hour.
Optimized for each desktop and cell, the CodeJIKA.com programme provides a full curriculum of quick programs that may be accessed at no cost and goals to offer important digital abilities that may empower African youth and kickstart a profession in coding.
By the Mandela Day initiative, lecturers, dad and mom and volunteers can help a gaggle of teenagers on how they will create a digital tribute for Nelson Mandela utilizing the CodeJIKA 1-hour web site curriculum, and begin a coding membership with their buddies.
CodeJIKA’s efforts are aligned with Nelson Mandela’s perception that “Schooling is essentially the most highly effective weapon that can be utilized to alter the world.” The instructing of Twenty first-century abilities shall be essential for Africa to rework itself right into a continent of development and alternative. and the CodeJIKA free coding curriculum was particularly created to assist theAfrican youth to create a greater life for themselves and people round them, by the usage of digital abilities.
Coding as a key lever to African improvement
As office and job necessities evolve, candidates extremely expert in laptop science, programming and coding are more and more in demand. Laptop science abilities additionally put together the youth for the technological calls for of the roles of the longer term, no matter discipline or occupation.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of jobs now require primary digital abilities and about two-thirds of employers have reported experiencing abilities gaps of their workforce. African expertise industries are quickly disrupting conventional job markets and creating new calls for for roles in software program improvement and machine studying engineering.
Provided that solely 2% of African college students beneath the age of 18 years go away college with coding abilities, the necessity for digital upskilling on the continent stays important.
Former CodeJIKA college students have lauded the programme, describing the way it has kick-started their profession.
“At first, I used to be intimidated by coding, however I quickly began to essentially benefit from the expertise,” describes
Paballo Mooka, Grade 9 Diepsloot Secondary 3
“CodeJIKA opened my eyes to the pc science world, which I by no means knew existed. My starvation for studying continued after I completed the course and graduated from highschool. I enrolled to check a Bachelor of Laptop Science at UNISA and I’m having fun with my research.”2018 CodeJIKA Alumni Calvin Semenya.
Methods to unfold the phrase about CodeJIKA’s programmes this Mandela Day:
- Assist a gaggle of teenagers to start out a coding membership.
- Do an hour of code with a gaggle of teenagers.
- Share our programmes on social media through the use of the next hashtags #Code4Mandela #67MinutesOfCoding #MandelaDay #CodeJIKAMandela
“The CodeJIKA programme is an pleasurable and simple option to introduce younger folks to coding. Anybody can code; they only want the correct instruments and the help of these round them to point out them that it’s doable. That is what we do at CodeJIKA,” provides Thandie Mhlangu, CodeJIKA Provincial Coach.