Inspiring Africa’s Next Generation of Coders
Only 1% of kids in developed countries leave schools with coding skills. In Africa, divide this number several times over. The number of African children taught coding, the language of computer programming, is virtually zero. This is a LOST opportunity.
afriCoderDojo is a LIONS@FRICA partnership initiative to help teach 21st century coding skills to Africa’s youth. The concept is simple: afriCoderDojo teaches young people to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more while having fun. The partnership is based on the global CoderDojo movement and relies on a volunteer network of implementers and mentors to teach youth the basics of coding anywhere there is a computer and an internet connection.
afriCoderDojos are set up, run by and taught by real-world experts in coding and development at local schools, universities, companies, or innovation hubs across Africa. The groups tap into CoderDojo’s vast global experience in teaching coding skills to youth and supplement core training curriculum by providing African youth opportunities to visit technology companies or innovation hubs, learn from guest speakers and mentors, and participate in coding camps and competitions.
In addition to learning to code, youth are given the opportunity to meet other kids with similar interests and work on projects in an environment with their peers around them.
afriCoderDojo is the result of a partnership between CoderDojo, the U.S. Department of State’s Global Partnership Initiative and the Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) Partnership.
The program is currently being piloted in Tanzania and Nigeria and hopes to expand from there.
Tanzania: Dar Teknohama Business Incubator, a Dar es Salaam-based technology hub, will host a group of 30 youth once a week for an eight-week coding course. The program culminate in March with a weekend-long code-a-thon geared for children.
Nigeria: Oando Foundation – the foundation for Africa’s largest integrated energy provider – launched afriCoderDojo in Lagos in March 2014 and has plans to expand to two other locations by the end of the year.
Parties interested in hosting or sponsoring an afriCoderDojo should apply now to host the next round of training camps. To apply, contact us.
Hosting an afriCoderDojo is simple:
- Get a suitable space with appropriate technology that can be opened one day a week without charges.
- Set a start date!
- Find two or more volunteer mentor coders to teach and inspire the kids.
Teaching best practices, training and implementation support will be provided by CoderDojo. It’s up to you to be as innovative and creative as possible to make the afriCoderDojo a success.
Additionally, we are looking for companies, innovation hubs, universities, investors, educators and others to provide the following resources:
- Advertising support
- Access to Internet