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Africa Code Week – training the trainers

Africa Code Week is a continent-wide initiative implemented by an international team to promote coding (computer programming) to youth, using freely available software.

The initiative primarily supports literacy, mathematics and problem-solving skills in the classroom.

Countries participating in Africa Code Week (Image: www.africacodeweek.org)
The organisers set out to equip young learners with the coding skills they need to thrive in their studies and in their future career (Image: www.africacodeweek.org)

International team members are introduced to science centre personnel
During the workshop, science centre personnel were encouraged to become key contributors to Africa's development and mentor the next generation to do the same

Africa Code Week implementers encouraged the science centre network in South Africa to be among the first to engage in its continent-wide roll-out by taking part in the project's free pilot event activities. Free 'Train the Trainer' sessions were presented to 43 science centre staff members during the Africa Code Week pilot event on 30 May 2015 at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. The initiative is endorsed by the South African Association of Science and Technology Centres (SAASTEC), who encouraged science centres to participate in the workshops.

The 'Train the Trainer' workshop addressed the following:

  • Why coding/computer programming for young learners?
  • How to teach coding/computer programming using SCRATCH (free software).
  • How to organise a coding/computer programming workshop for learners aged 8 to 11 years old.
  • How to organise workshops for learners during the actual Africa Code Week taking place from 1 to 10 October 2015.

Over and above free participation for science centre staff, participants received free take-home resources and certificates of attendance. The training has been well received by the science centres.

To connect with Africa Code Week, join their Facebook page today.

By Thandamanzi Mtsweni, SAASTA