The African Girls can Code Initiative uses a spark interest approach to nurture young girls to develop interest in coding and make an early stage career choice in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The programme aims to train and empower girls and young women with ICT skills. Other objectives of the programme include encouraging girls to acquire digital skills, establishing business links, connecting them to role models and providing a community for the sharing of experiences..
The story of the AGCCI logo is an interesting one. During the first AGCCI, the girls competed and submitted their design ideas. Out of the inspired many submissions, Sizolwethu Maphanga from the Kingdom of Eswatini's entry won the challenge..”
The African Girls Can Code Initiative is a four year project that will bring together Girls from all over the African continent across different languages to spark their interest in ICT as a career path and to empower them as young promising innovative women on the Continent.”
In the past, people who could read and write were in a position of power and controlled both the present and the future. Our world relies on technology, people with tech-related skills have more options to be successful and shape their future.”
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
I tried learning coding before I attended AGCCI in Ethiopia. But I started seriously coding after the camp. The coding camp showed me anyone can code.I continued working, using Python programming skills that I had learned during the camp. I formed an ICT club at my school that teaches coding for younger girls and we practise coding together.
Together we can make a difference!Learn how you can get involved with Girls Will Code.
As a company, whether in ICT or not, you can volunteer to spread coding to schools and girls in africa. Get in touch
Are you passionate about teaching and mentoring others? Be a student ambassador in your school.Start a coding club and teach other girls to code.
“ When I heard about this I was excited because my dream is to learn more things and expand my knowledge! ”
“It was cool to work in a group like this. You learn about coding, but also other aspects of how we share ideas and develop them. You also learn about the different countries and cultures.”
“Most of the time, young girls in ICT get married and their potential is swept under the carpet because they now have different responsibilities.”