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Historic scheme drives digital literacy among children

02 October 2015, 07:47Okoro Chinedu

Lagos - Nigerian children are poised to benefit from an historic programme that aims at bringing digital literacy to thousands of youth across Africa the continent.

Some 20 000 children in Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia and Uganda will benefit.

The programme, named Africa Code Week, is the brainchild of SAP Africa, the market leader in enterprise application software whose.

Africa Code Week, which started on Thursday, coinciding with Nigeria's Independence Day, will run until October 10.

Online sessions and hundreds of free coding workshops will be organized for children and youth aged 8 to 24 years.

Pfungwa Serima, Executive Chairman of SAP Africa,  said the initiative was part of plans to prepare the continent for the Digital Economy.

Also Read: Exercise launched to skill Nigeria's children in coding

“Over the next decade, Africa’s youth will determine whether the continent wins or loses the game,” he said.

Serima said the opportunities the Digital Economy presented were manifold.

"If we equip young Africans with the best technology, give them skills that make them relevant to the job market and empower them to be bold and innovative, we’ll see them do amazing things,” the SAP Africa executive said.

Africa Code Week is part of SAP’s effort to bridge this digital skills gap and drive sustainable growth in Africa. It is arguably the first programme of its kind in the continent.

SAP founded and orchestrates the programme in partnership with business and is supported by a fast-growing network of local governments, international and local educational organizations, NGOs and software companies across the continent.

"SAP invites other companies and non-profit organizations to help place African youth on the path to successful digital careers by joining the growing team of Africa Code Week partners," Serima said. - CAJ News


- CAJ News


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