DURBAN – Africa Code Week 2018 received a significant boost with the announcement of key partner Google's support of 53 non-profit organisations across 11 countries.
This is the third consecutive year that Google is making micro-grants available to organisations involved in implementing Africa Code Week's vision to instil 21st century skills among Africa's youth. In 2016 and 2017, the 90 Google enabled organisations across 10 countries to expose more than 100 000 youth to computer science and coding.
According to Sunil Geness, Project Lead for Africa Code Week, the two tech giants SAP and Google have taken their partnership beyond global technological collaboration and joined forces to further intensify the reach of the Africa Code Week programme.
Geness said, "Equipping Africa's large youthful workforce with digital skills is vital to ensuring the continent's future success and its ability to achieve the ambitions of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Google's immense support will this year alone empower 2 200 teachers who will inspire an estimated 80 000 students through computer science and coding workshops during Africa Code Week 2018.
Africa Code Week which was launched in 2015 had a goal of impacting the lives of 2 million youth by 2020. To date, over 1.8 million youth across 35 African countries have been introduced to 21st-century digital skills. Africa Code Week also aims to empower 70 000 teachers across the continent with key skills and teaching materials to help bridge the digital and gender skills gap in Africa.