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!
Dorsaf Benna Chelly is the Founder and President of ITA association "Informatics Tunisian Association"and the founder of the National Olympiad programming TOP and of the national competition Scratch TUCS. She is also inspector of colleges and schools providing training for computer science teachers and working on ICT curriculum. She chairs an ambitious project in Tunisia "Coding is a right" that helps Tunisian kids enjoy coding.
Mariem is the Managing Director of CNIPE, a national center providing computer science training to children. Founded in 1996, the center has more than 24 regional branches called 'CRIPES', each adressing the needs of local communites and teaching computer science to children aged between 5 and 18. Each center now has a room dedicated to disabled children and a whole new facility was opened just for them in 2003. CNIPE and CRIPES work hand in hand with local infrastructures and facilities (schools, NGOs, kindergardens, etc.) as well as with ITA (Informatics Tunisian Association) to build more Scratch centers and facilitate playful learning on a larger scale. Last year, CNIPE became a partner of the TUCS National Scratch Competition founded and hosted by ITA.
Oussama was awarded best student in class for his national baccalaureate in computer science in 2014. He was recognized as top student by Tunisia President Moncef Marzouki himself during National Science Day. Now a software engineering student at INSAT, journalist at INSAT Press and member of the Tunisian Computing Association, Oussama was a coach on the Tunisian Olympiad in Programming (TOP) team in 2014 and 2015. he also joined IEEE INSAT, hosting several workshops on web development and competitive programming.
Pioneer of the Preparatory School of Monastir and an active member of ITA (Informatics Tunisian Association), Slim was among the first teachers to launch Scratch coding classes in Tunisia. He hosted several visual programming sessions to teachers and club animators. Member of the scientist committee of the “Tunisian Competition in Scratch” TUCS competition, his dream is to involve a as many Tunisian kids in coding workshops as part of Africa Code Week and beyond.
Science graduate, Chema is currently a Computer Science teacher and active member of ITA (Informatics Tunisian Association). She is also a trainer in visual programming language for kids and she co-organized the national TUCS competition (Tunisian Competition in Scratch in 2013, 2014 and 2015. She has been working on the "Be Safe Online" project that has been recognized among the 10 Most Innovative IT projects in Tunisia.
Kyane Kassiri is a software engineering student at INSAT (Tunis) and the co-founder of Young Tunisian Coders Academy. He is part of the winning team and the receiver of the $21,000 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund 2015, a U.S. department of state initiative. Kyane studied at the University of Missouri as part of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (2014-2015). He was also selected (out of 7,000 applicants) to take part of the Global Business Institute to attend an intensive entrepreneurship program at Indiana University (2013). He was invited to attend a panel entitled “Youth Future Perspective” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, moderated by the President of the Middle East Institute; Wendy J. Chamberlin and attended an 'american diplomacy conference' at the U.S. department of state. He also worked as the head of communication at the Tunisian branch of the world's largest entrepreneurship training and startup launch program: the Founder Institute.