From South Africa to Ghana and Tanzania, computer science unlocks the future for youth

Maggie Monteno had to drop out of her computer science classes but she went on to become a coding teacher with Code for Change. (Photo: Courtesy of Code for Change)

Jonathan Novotny, co-founder of Code for Change, wants to promote tech literacy and growth opportunities for youth in Africa. His strategy is result-oriented, focused on helping kids become the workforce of the future. “Everything we do is about practical skills that teenagers can implement as soon as possible in the real world,” he says.

Diepsloot Secondary Number 3, CodeJIKA All Girls Coding Club. (Photo: Courtesy of Code For Change)
A training session of Jenga Hub teachers at the monthly educator. (Photo: Courtesy of Jenga Hub)

“We are building a community of children and young people leveraging technology to create value,” Nancy says. “So how do we do that? We give structured courses, but we also allow for our makers and our young people to disrupt, to invent, to create and to contribute to content on the internet instead of just consuming it.”

Mustapha (left) using his app to help a farmer monitor crops for pests in Ghana. (Photo: Courtesy of Ghana Code Club)

Mustapha was mentored by Ghana Code Club. “Our mission is to ensure that no child is left behind, and we partner with organizations that support us to train teachers,” says Ernestina Appiah, founder and CEO of Ghana Code Club. “So far, we have provided training for about 1,200 teachers who are using the curriculum we create for them.”

A group picture after at the end of a three-day ‘designathon’ workshop with children and teachers from the Ifakara region in the Kilombero Valley of Tanzania. (Photo: Courtesy of Jenga Hub)

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