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!
Francis is passionate about improving the standard of education in Ghana by equipping teachers to deliver ICT education. In 2010, through the DreamOval Foundation, he spearheaded an initiative dubbed iTeach to offer free ICT education to public school teachers across Ghana. This annual training brings teachers from across the country together to learn basic skills in digital literacy to impact the lives of their pupils in the classroom. This free ICT training is organized in collaboration with Ghana Education Service (GES) and the Ministry of Education. He worked with SAP’s 2016 Executive Social Sabbatical team to scale the training to reach a lot more teachers.
Francis, is currently the Country Ambassador for SAP’s flagship coding program, Africa Code Week in Ghana. Having trained over 2,351 teachers and 183,000 pupils from public schools across the country with basic skills in computer coding since 2016, he passionately strives to see digital transformation happen in Ghana’s educational system.
He is currently working on a new project with girls in Accra’s biggest slum through a program called Female in Tech Initiative. FeMiTI plans to introduce 200 girls to digital literacy, programming and robotics with a goal to transform the lives of girls from under-privileged communities.
Inspired by global technology success stories, this 19-year-old from Kumasi in Southern Ghana, realised he too could deliver innovation where it was most needed, starting with his very home town. “Seeing how the big tech companies used innovation to solve some of the world’s biggest problems made me realise how important it is to learn to code,” says Haqq. “I looked online for any free courses that could help me develop coding skills and completed as many as I could.”
Despite being self-taught, Haqq was able to develop a potentially life-saving solution for women across the continent. He is also lighting a coding fire among Africa’s youth as Youth Ambassador for Africa Code Week 2019. "Being appointed Youth Ambassador for ACW 2019 is a dream come true, and a unique opportunity to inspire change on a global platform, encouraging young talents across the continent to learn digital skills and code the change they want to see in their community,” he says.
Co-founder and CTO of iSpace Foundation, Fiifi is on a mission to leverage his skills and knowledge to empower communities for social good. In 2011, he organized The Mobile Apps Ghana Showcase (#MAGS2011) together with his business partner Josiah Kwesi Eyison: the first event of its kind in Ghana and West Africa, all stemming from Fiifi's and Josiah's passion for promoting innovation and educating the greater public on mobile services.
Before iSpace, Fiifi was a Program Coordinator at Google where he helped educational institutions deploy, adapt and integrate Google Apps into their IT infrastructure to enhance collaboration, communication and learning in the school community.
Ernestina Appiah is the founder and CEO of Ghana Code Club. She is a Virtual Assistant by profession and a social entrepreneur. Married with 2 children, Tina lives and operates from her home office in Accra. With her 14-year experience in the IT industry and burning passion for technology, Tina decided to spread coding literacy among the young generation. Aside from inspiring elementary school children to learn technology, Tina also mentors young women from secretarial schools into tech entrepreneurship. Named by the BBC as one of the 100 most inspirational women in the world in 2015, Tina is the very first Ghanaian woman to make it to the prestigious BBC 100 Women Series, which started in 2013.
Rasheeda is passionate about technology and how it can be applied to improve processes and systems towards development in Ghana and Africa at large. She founded Nasara Tech Ltd. two years ago, a technology focused company that creates solutions to problems identified in local communities. She is also an active member and organizer of the GhanaThink foundation’s programs, Barcamp Kumasi and 'Kumasi Konnect', which brings together young Ghanaians to learn about the issues that affect them, generate ideas for development, network and partner with others who have similar interests and start/improve businesses and projects. As part of her commitment to social entrepreneurship, Rasheeda co-founded Tech Needs Girls Ghana, an interactive workshop for girls in Ghana. The workshop involves a hands on session where the girls learn to develop mobile and web applications, interact with software that teach them more about STEM, and meet female technologists who instruct and mentor them. Rasheeda regularly speaks at various youth and girl education camps around Ghana to help raise awareness on the need to involve more women in Information Technology.
Tolu is a Business Development Fellow at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. Over the past five years, she has worked with 15+ software companies to develop products and help them grow into sustainable businesses. Prior to working at MEST, Tolu was the Community Manager of Co-creation Hub Nigeria. A firm believer in the power of technology to improve lives and simplify processes, she is constantly researching new ways to do just that. In her spare time and whenever she is not busy advising and mentoring women with STEMbees, she loves spending time with a good book and fiction from her favorite author Stephen King.