Half a Million Young Coders!
Let the music of an empowered generation play! Africa Code Week returns to the continent in 2017 under the high patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius. SAP, UNESCO YouthMobile, the Cape Town Science Centre, the Galway Education Centre, Google and a growing family of like-minded partners are on a mission to empower half a million young Africans across 35 countries!
A Word from our Youngest Ambassador!
"If you like to solve problems, you obviously know how to code. It doesn't matter who you are, your race, gender or age, because everyone was naturally born with a logical and creative brains. I am talking about young girls too: everyone just need to be persistent: never give up on your coding class!"
Meet Jonathan Okorie:
Only 11 years-old
But no one's ever told
The "Why Coding" story
Better than him. Behold!
#AfricaCodeWeek Continental Anthem by ArmanTchatcha I!
When the Africa Code Week delegation arrived in Togo for the launch of the Train-the-Trainer sessions on September 30, 2017, ArmanTchatcha I had a surprise for them. It is now all yours to enjoy!
Claire Gillissen-Duval: Live Interview from #SConnect17 in Las Vegas
The late Nelson Mandela taught us that education is the most powerful weapon to change the world. Africa Code Week is walking the talk with over 500,000 children and youth empowered so far...and another half-million about to discover the joys of coding this year! Claire, Serigne and Frank tell us more...
(In Swahili) Africa Code Week 2017 on EATV: Training Trainers in Tanzania
This TV newscast (in Swahili - starting at 10 mins 50 sec) focuses on the first cohort of #AfricaCodeWeek 2017 teachers to be trained in Tanzania. Instructed by Volunteers from SAP and the Galway Education Centre, our new graduates already look forward to guiding their pupils into becoming the skilled gardeners of their own dreams and bright future. And quite literally...a tree was planted to celebrate the first TTT of a new amazing year of continent-wide coding fun! Thank You everyone for your smiles, commitment and talents!
Back to where it all started...
18 months and a continent-wide buzz later, Africa Code Week returns to South Africa - where it was first launched in June 2015. Hear what co-founder Claire Gillissen-Duval as well as Cape Town teachers and students have to say about this historic intiative.
Welcome to Code Town!
At the Cape Town Science Centre, kids decided it was time to grab data with bare hands. YOTV and SABC 1 went on site to find out more about this tasty workshop.
In October 2016, with active support from SAP and Mrs. Matilda Amissah-Arthur, Second Lady of Ghana, Francis Affoh and his dream team at The DreamOval Foundation orchestrated a phenomenal Africa Code Week with over 51,000 young Ghanaians introduced to coding in just 10 days. #AfricaCodeWOW
Meet our Young Ambassadors in Uganda
Jovia and Calvin, students from Makerere University and Young Ambassadors for ACW in Uganda, are spreading digital literacy across the country, encouraging youth - and girls in particular - to consider ICT as a career.
Oct 20, 2016 - Alicia Lenze, Head of Global CSR at SAP, visited the Siyafunda CTC in Palmridge with founder Ahmed Ismael, aka 'Smiley'. Alicia took this opportunity to thank him and all Siyafunda teachers and volunteers on behalf of SAP and Africa Code Week, shedding light on the tremendous work achieved in these community centres. "Siyafunda has been on board since day one and Smiley's support has been absolutely pivotal in scaling the impact of Africa Code Week in South Africa, facilitating technology skills and training for rural, disadvantaged communities all over the country." Siyabonga Siyafunda!
Angola Gets Coding
Amazing video starring Pedro Guerreiro (General Director, Lusophone Africa at SAP), Joaquim Cabral (Cabinet of the Minister of Education) and SAP Master Instructors. Huge thanks to our Lead Ambassador in Angola, Fleur-Eve Le Foll, her Cod Cod Codet & ACW Angola #dreamteam and the Dom Bosco School. Photo/video credit: Anne-Laure Seret.
"Africa Code Weeeeek!"
Africa Code Week in Luanda, Angola, October 2016: when asked what they thought of the Scratch coding lesson they just attended, children nailed it in 3 words. Short, sweet and unforgettable.
Photo/video credit: Anne-Laure Seret.
Africa Code Week 2016 in Uganda
Africa Code Week is all about mobilizing the collective expertise, efforts, and resources to wide spread coding skills and achieve greater scale and impact on joint education priorities. In August 2016, a team of volunteers from SAP and the Galway Education Centre traveled to Uganda to train 200+ teachers into Coding Instructors in the run up to Africa Code Week 2016. Special thanks and tribute to our cameraman and video chef extraordinaire Ciaran O'Connor :-)
Africa Code Week 2016: Mi Casa Unlocks Rwanda!
You know their groove on stage...now get ready to meet Mi Casa band members as ACW Coding Instructors! Follow J'Something, Dr Duda and MoT as they join a team of SAP Volunteers to teach coding to hundreds of teachers and pupils across Rwanda.
2016 Launch in Rwanda
Bigger, better, bolder: the 2nd edition of Africa Code Week was officially launched in Kigali during the World Economic Forum for Africa. See how SAP Volunteers teamed up with Mi Casa and President of SAP Industry Cloud Pat Bakey to share their passion for coding...and music...with the young generation!
"Thank You Africa Code Week!"
Irresistible video of pupils gathered at the Mary Slessor Primary School in Enugu to celebrate what they've learnt during Africa Code Week: coding skills that will enable them to spread their wings in the digital century.
Merci les enfants! #KeepCoding! Xoxo, Your #AfricaCodeTeam
Councillor Xanthea Limberg on Africa Code Week 2016
Bigger, better, bolder! Councillor Xanthea Limberg (Member of Mayoral Committee for Corporate Services and Compliance, City of Cape Town) announces the upcoming launch of Africa Code Week 2016 across 30 countries. Countdown is on!
SAP Business One Team Teaches Code in South Africa
In July 2016, the SAP Business One team flew from all corners of the world all the way to Cape Town in order to lead Africa Code Week coding workshops - where 720 children and 420 teachers were trained under just 3 days. This 30-minute documentary relates their amazing journey.
Africa Code Week...in Their Eyes
"Unity is dependent on knowledge and education." Mi Casa's J'Something & Hon. Jean Philbert Nsengimana, Rwandan Minister of Youth & ICT, tell us what Africa Code Week means to them.
Coding Day for Refugee Girls in Rwanda
On April 2 & April 17, 2016, Africa Code Week, kLab and Refugee Girls Need You hit the road with RDB buses to train 187 teenager refugee girls and 30 teachers on Scratch at the Kigeme and Gihembe refugee camps. More pictures available here.
Africa Code Week 2015
Introducing coding to thousands of young Africans across 17 countries: here is a sneak peek into the first ediction of Africa Code Week, including exclusive interviews with ACW Co-founder Claire Gillissen-Duval and Master Instructor Brendan Smith.
Empowering Kids in the Dunoon Township - Cape Town, South Africa
Welcome to the Sopokhama Primary School where a team of SAP and Cape Town Science Centre Volunteers gave children a taste of what coding looks and feels like with Scratch. Last but not least: meet Esihle Yokwana, a bright young lady who became, a few months after she was interviewed in this video, the first recipient of the Africa Code Week Youth Ambassadors Award!
Africa Code Week on TV: Movers and Shakers Interview!
In this TV interview aired on SABC 2's Hectic Nine 9 back in October 2015, Emma (ACW Ambassador in South Africa), Tazmane and Kiara tell Sam Mangesi all about the Africa Code Week buzz building up in South Africa....and why more and more girls are pursuing coding as a passion and career.
Ghanean Girls Get Up to Speed with Coding!
In 2015, STEMbees and the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) joined forces to mentor and train 30 girls aged 11 to 14 years at St Mary’s Girls Basic School in Korle Gonno. Using Google CS First training materials, girls learnt to create their own animated stories and completed the High Sea exercise with the Scratch programming language.
Kick & Code!
When coding meets soccer, what you get is twice the fun. SAP Kick and Code is a soccer camp where children aged 8 to 15 rotate from the soccer pitch to the computer lab. Professional soccer coaches and IT experts coach children in new soccer techniques and how to build their own computer apps. Goal!
Will Break for Code!
See what lengths a 45-year-old computer geek will go to encourage South African pupils to learn coding during Africa Code Week 2015. Nice moves, Derek Breen! Definitely fit for break (the code) dancing!
2015 Launch in South Africa
Meet Kevin Conroy's team of SAP Skilled Volunteers as they travel to South Africa to meet teachers and children at the Cape Town Science Centre in June 2015. Follow their journey as they lead the very first ACW coding workshops and attend the official launch of the initiative during the World Economic Forum for Africa in Cape Town.
Africa Code Week: Celebrity Coding Challenge!
On May 29, 2015, SAP Africa hosted a Celebrity Charity Software Coding Challenge in Johannesburg, in support of the inaugural Africa Code Week. See how Loyiso Bala, Bafana Bafana, Sheena Abrahams, Rebecca Sykes, Jet Novuka and their VIP friends got away with their first coding lesson. :-)