How We Trained Over 300 Teens Across Five Nigerian States During Africa Code Week
That bright sunny day under the scorching sun, our bag pack diligently strapped behind our backs, each team went to the school assigned , ready to train the children who would be eager to see us and enthusiastic about another day’s lesson
We were neither bothered about the scorching sun nor the heavy weight of the ag- containing laptop behind our backs after all Nelson Mandela must have been talking about the future when he said “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children”. In what better way can we take care of the future of our children if not by teaching them the language of the future?
How it all began…
Understanding the importance of equipping children with necessary skill set at an early stage, giving them a glimpse into the language of the future- which is programming.
We thereby took this upon ourselves to teach the children the language of the future- coding.
Codenonia code camp series started 2017 with a strong passion of impacting and preparing the future generation. Maximizing the potential of Africa by educating the child about technology (Especially the less privileged) using Ekiti state our first point.
The road has been rough as expected, but our passion has not been dampened it has rather helped us forge ahead past challenges and hurdles.
One of the challenges faced is some of the school lacking enough facilities to train the children effectively, but we overcame this though we had to outsource the computer resources
At first we trained over 150 children with our funds, resources and timing for a period of four months. We issued certificates of participation to the kids. We soon realize gain more ground quickly or reach more children, we need to constantly train up these children and we needed more funds to achieve that. It was while we were researching about getting more resources that we came about Africa code week 2017, we eagerly applied for the grant but we were denied.
Though we were disappointed but We decided not to give up, but fire up our passion and not lose the dream of enlightening these children
What’s Africa code Week???
Africa Code Week is a continent-wide initiative by SAP. The goal of ACW is to educate children and youths on digital literacy and coding skills by working closely with private, public and non-profit partners to ensure sustainable learning impact throughout Africa.
Our reward for not giving up paid up much later when we re-applied for the grant in 2018. There was much jubilation among the team when it was announced that we have been awarded the grant.
The grant was meant to train up children in one state (Ekiti state).
But after series of meeting and strategizing, we realized we could do something better and more impactful. We decided to train children in four extra states(Osun, Ilorin, Ibadan, Akure) within a period of one week. It was a daring thought at first, but we did it! And this has brought about our success story.
The facilitators in different state started with teaching the children the very basics of programming using scratch (a simple and easy to use computer application used for coding). Upon their completion the children at various schools excitedly made cartoon and games by coding. They also got familiarized with its importance and how it can solve real life problems in their various local communities
Codenonia will not relent in her vision to create a community of tech enthusiasts, programmers and engineers who are ready to recreate the future using whatever resources that are available to them.
We have started by discovering the talents of coding in these young minds and still on the mission to advance the technology in Nigeria and even Africa as whole.
Once again we express our intense gratitude to Africa code week and Google for their support.
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African code week success story will be incomplete without the facilitators who are enthusiastic and passionate enough to make impact and give these children a chance to strive in the tech future
See our lead facilitators and their successes in the different following regions:
- Ado Ekiti
Name: Oluwaseyi Ayodele,
Profile: Android Developer, and Developer Student Lead EKSU.
Schools handled:Holy Child Catholic Secondary School, ABUAD International Secondary School.
Name:Muiz Olalekan Raheem
Profile: Software developer, and Volunteer for developer communities.
Schools handled:Chaste Intellect International School, Minaret Islamic Comprehensive High School.
Name: Moronfoluwa Akintola
Profile: Full stack (MERN) developer, and Developer Student Lead Uniosun.
School handled: Roseful International School.
Profile: Associate Android Developer Andela, and Developer Student Lead FUTA.
School handled:Fiwasaye girls College.
Profile: Artist, UI/UX designer
School handled: Peace International School.
This our story about Africa Code Week 2018, and it’s been an adventure, teaching and learning to teach better.
The expectations for these kids are high especially when placed side by side with their ‘counterparts’ in other countries. However, there is no level playing field and yet the same results are expected. There is a need to chisel out the playing field and that need is teaching and learning. Codenonia Codecamp Series is out to level out the playing field by teaching kids how to speak the language of the new world: coding.
We spend most of our times planning ahead and acting out our plans better.
But all these we would not have been able to achieve without the encouragements we’ve received and are still receiving from all of you. And for that we say thank you.
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