Over the next 25 years, Africa’s working-age population will double to one billion, exceeding that of China and India. In the meantime, the digital skills gap is widening: while coding has the power to put millions of young Africans on the path to successful careers and empower them to build sustainable growth, companies in Africa are currently struggling to hire enough qualified IT talent. So the question is not whether a full life cycle of skills support for young people in Africa needs to be created, but when. Africa Code Week says: NOW.
Coding is the literacy of the digital age indeed: a whole new language for children to speak fluently and express themselves in the 21st century. This is what brought SAP, the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre to join forces and give birth to Africa Code Week. Last year, the initiative empowered 426,000 youth across 30 countries to either write their first lines of code or simply touch a computer for the first time. This major digital literacy initiative has received several awards already:
- March 8, 2016: C4F award (category: ‘Education of the Future’) from the World Communications Forum in Davos
- September 2016, Judges' Choice Award at the MIT IDE Inclusive Innovation Competition.
- February 8, 2017: 'International Philanthropist of the Year' award from the Community Foudation for Ireland.
Can you get onboard, join forces with us and help reality surpass our initial dream? The answer is ‘yes’ in English and ‘1’ in binary code! Whether you are a coding/science teacher, a government, a NGO/NPO, an educational institution, a corporation or a CSR department, you can help us positively impact the lives of thousands of African children and youth this year.
Convinced, with Einstein, that “the only source of knowledge is experience”, let’s go and simplify the face of coding for young Africans through hands-on, playful learning! Together, let’s empower them with the skill set they need to thrive in the digital age and become key actors of Africa‘s economic development.
Further widen access to coding workshops &
resources to 5M+ children and youth.
Expand coding initiatives to more African countries:
Engage 1M+ children and youth
Equip 200,000+ science teachers with all relevant resources
Enable 500,000 young Africans
across 35 African countries
to learn coding basics.
Director, Corporate Social
Responsibility EMEA, SAP
Cape Town Science Centre
Galway Education Centre
Vice-President, Global Corporate Affairs EMEA, SAP
Director, Government Relations
& CSR Africa, SAP
Founder & Managing Director