Deadline 15 August 2022
United Nations Commission For Africa (ECA) in partnership with the government of The Republic of Namibia, UN Namibia, UN WOMEN, and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have announced the 5th edition of The Connected Africa Coding Camp.
According to ECA, the initiative aims to narrow the digital gap by empowering young African women and girls with the necessary foundational building-block skills to find long-term success in education, employment, and entrepreneurship, while creating a conducive environment for collaborative efforts.
The hybrid training targets young African women and girls between 12 to 25 years of age, where 100 from Namibia will be physically attending while over 2000 are expected to join virtually from around the African continent.
The Namibian Connected African Girls Coding camp will feature four main workshops on animation, web development & gaming, IoT & robotics, and 3D printing. Graphic design is included as a common course in line with artificial intelligence, design thinking, and computational thinking. The camp will also feature master classes on Gender-Based Violence, UN SDGs, and Agenda 2063 including personal development skills.
On the final day of the camp, ECA says an innovation fair will be organized enabling the girls to showcase their projects developed during the coding camp by targeting solution-oriented ideas in response to the continent’s socio-economic challenges.
ECA also stated that in the last four editions of the coding camp, trainees have developed 198 innovative projects, of which 40 were recognized for their contributions to the community.
This coding follows the introduction of coding in public schools in Kenya.