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SAP to Train More Than 150,000 Youth Across Africa

In a bid to foster digital literacy and equip the continent’s youth, SAP has revealed that it will train more than 150, 000 youth from 30 African countries through its Africa Code Week. Africa Code Week 2016 is slated to run from October 15 -23, 2016. It will involve thousands of free coding workshops and online training for children between the ages of 8 to 24.

The workshops will be based on Scratch, a MIT Media Lab learning platform that simplifies coding. These children will learn the basics of coding and will be able to program their own animations, quizzes and games. Their older counterparts on the other hand, will be taught Introduction to Web Technologies. They will have a basic understanding of typical website architecture and they will be able to create fully operational, mobile friendly websites.

Africa Code Week 2016 will be organized by SAP and hundreds of partners spanning local African governments, NPOs, NGOs, educational institutions and businesses including the Cape Town Science Centre, the Galway Education Centre, Google, AMPION, the King Baudouin Foundation, and ATOS.

While commenting on the initiative, Brett Parker, Managing Director SAP Africa, said that, “Digital literacy is the currency of the digital economy. Africa Code Week is a powerful way to spread digital literacy across the continent and contribute towards building the skilled workforce needed for Africa’s sustainable growth. SAP is proud to spearhead such a meaningful initiative in partnership with more than 100 local and international organizations from the public and private sector”.

The initiative will run in Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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