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Exercise launched to skill Nigeria's children in coding

29 June 2015, 21:07

Lagos - A pilot project that aims to enhance children's literacy in software programming has been launched in Nigeria.

SAP Africa, the enterprise application software firm, has launched the exercise in Lagos under the auspices of the Africa Code Week.

The launch in Nigeria has been very successful, Claire Gillissen-Duval, SAP Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Lead for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said.

It is important that children in the continent benefit from opportunities that their peers in other parts of the world enjoy,² she added.

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In Lagos, six volunteers who have expertise in the subject, taught youngsters aged between nine and 12 the elements of coding, which is defined as the literacy of the digital age. A similar initiative has been launched in South Africa where SAP Africa is headquartered.

It is in line with the IT Skills Development Programme, a brainchild of SAP, the German software firm.

The IT Skills Development Programme will culminate in the inaugural Africa Code Week (ACW) that will take place in October.

The initiative will enable an estimated 20 000 children across the continent, ranging from eight to 24 years, to participate in software coding workshops across 11 African countries: South Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo and Tunisia.

ACW has been developed together with Simplon.co, the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre, with the purpose of empowering youth, teachers and parents with the language of software programming to help bridge the digital skills gap across many areas in Africa. ­

- CAJ News


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