They support Africa Code Week and here is why.
Tunisian Minister of Education
"Bridging the digital skills divide in Africa won't happen without education and learning code as a new language. I support Africa Code Week because it is a tremendous opportunity for Tunisian children to embrace the art of coding. I would like to thank all teachers across Tunisia for taking an active part in this initiative and turning code into a giant adventure game where every kid in a hero."
Minister of Education in the Western Cape, South Africa
"ICT is no longer part of our future - it is our present. In education, it is our responsibility to equip our children to be active citizens in our economy, and provide much-needed skills. There is a great need in South Africa for IT professionals. Africa Code Week assists in promoting this as a possible future career for our learners. It also promotes issues such as critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork, all of which are crucial for success in life. I am thus very pleased and honoured to be the Patron of Africa Code Week in Cape Town and hope that many of our learners will take part in it."
Minister of Post and Digital Economy - Togo
"Africa Code Week is perfectly in line with our policy and efforts towards strengthening the links between education and ICT. We must increase the quality of digital education if we want Togo's youth to become key actors of tomorrow's highly-connected world. We already see it all around us, all over Africa: in today's digital economy, ecosystems are flourishing on both the education soil and young people's eagerness to get hold of new technologies."
French Minister of State for Digital Affairs
"Kids learn English, Chinese; now they also learn coding. Coding skills are a key milestone on a child’s creativity path, together with collage and decoupage. As I noticed last year during EU Code Week, the workshops delivered as part of Africa Code Week have an educational impact that goes far beyond the mere IT realm, knowing that IT learning is a fast track to key skill development - from critical thinking and team work all the way to analytical and communications skills. This is exactly what young Africans need to turn their creativity into economic growth inside a technology environment they understand and master."
French Minister of State for Development and Francophonie
"Africa's sustainable development, before anything else, relies upon young Africans' skills and knowledge in all areas of economic, social, environmental and cultural life. These skills are more and more technology related, hence the need for large-scale initiatives like Africa Code Week. More than a vector for digital literacy, Africa Code Week is a creativity and skill accelerator on a continent that registers record growth rates, that is about to have the largest active population ever registered on Earth, and the potential of which remains mainly untapped."
Head of Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Global Corporate Affairs at SAP SE
"IT skills are the job currency of the future. As a global ICT leader, it is not just our responsibility but also to our benefit to invest in putting African youth on the path to successful careers. Africa Code Week is a powerful way to spread digital literacy across the continent and build the skilled workforce needed for Africa’s IT sector."
Founder and CEO of Yazmi, the world's first satellite-enabled tablet
"Providing information affluence to those in the remotest of regions has been my life's dream. Africa Code Week and their partners are doing just that - allowing children to learn the digital language of coding. Coding is no longer related to just computer science, but all sectors and industries. Our children need to learn the language of coding to be qualified for the jobs of the future. This exciting event will spark the interest and curiosity of students all over the world to be creative, connect to the world beyond their community, and learn the tools that will empower them with a successful career path."
CEO of Alink Telecom, Ivory Coast
“Africa Code Week is exactly the kind of leverage we needed to make coding accessible to underserved children and allow most of them to even touch a computer for the first time.”