Ambassadors are your local anchors for Africa Code Week event orchestration, questions and support. Feel free to reach out to them to get started on hosting your own coding workshops or simply get introduced to other interested schools / organizations. They are here to help you engage as many children and youth as possible in your community!
Prior to founding Girls Coding Academy with a goal to bridge the gender gap in the STEM field, Maneo studied Computer Science at the National University of Lesotho. Her first reason to encourage girls to learn coding? Because it's awesome! And if you need a second reason, here it is: learning coding help girls build foundations for lifelong skills that they can apply in any field of study and work. #Whatelse?
Born and raised in Lesotho, she soon travelled the world to pursue studies, work and simply embrace new cultures. After studying Computer Science at Griffith College Dublin, she lived and worked within the IT social entrepreneurship communities in Portugal, Germany and Denmark, learning local languages along the way. She also attended coding bootcamps in the United States as a way of keeping her IT skills up-to-speed.
Currently based in Lesotho, she is the founder and director of Astranet IT Services & Solutions Ltd., as well as one of the 5 co-founders of Girls Coding Academy, an initiative that aims to reduce the gender gap by engaging and encouraging young women and girls to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Part of the facilitating team at Girls Coding Academy, Palesa provides training and hosts various coding workshops for girls in Coding and Mathematics. The Academy is also preparing for hackathons (coding marathons) for female high school students across various districts in Lesotho. The aim is encourage girls to be confident, take part in STEM field and come up with more brillint ideas to advance in technology.
The Girls Coding Academy was inspired by the group of female trainers who ctively participated in Africa Code Week 2017. She also co-founded Flash-tech Pty(Ltd) to develop software for school children to better their education, especially those living in the most remote areas of Lesotho.