Afterschool Centre for Career Development (ACCD), a non-governmental capacity development organisation committed to inspiring, investing and engaging young people has successfully trained 127 young people at the first-ever Africa Code Week in Calabar,Nigeria.

The Africa Code Week  which was held in across 17 African countries from the 1st to 10th of October, 2015, will empower young people, teachers and parents with the language of software programming using a freely available Scratch platform with the aim of bridging the digital skills gap in the continent.

As an implementing partner for the Africa Code Week in Nigeria, Afterschool Centre for Career Development trained 127 young persons in the State on Basic Computer operation, Internet 1.0, HTML5, Introduction to CSS3, JavaScript, Bootstrap and Crack the Code.

Categorized under the Highschool, Post High School and Undergraduates classes the Coding sessions featured theoretical and practical lessons delivered through an interactive facilitation style with the objective of enabling young people develop fluency in the new digitallanguage.

Commenting on the impact of the training, the participants stated thus:

“Through this training I was able to design web pages; I am interested in learning further on CSS and Javascript;with these skills I want to make animated tutorials for schools  ” – Ezekiel Nenu

“The best thing I liked about the Scratch platform was the ability to give life to inanimate objects ”– Victoria Eju

“I have been planning to learn how to code;this Africa Code week training came at the right time”– Aniekan Frank

“I learnt so much about the scratch programming and the coding was so interesting’’- EtimEffiong

To keep up with what happened during the Africa Code Week in Nigeria, follow the hashtag#AfricaCodeWeekNigeriaonTwitter.

Other activities following the Coding Classes are the Africa Code Week Summit, the Codathon–for- Social Change and Tech MeetUp which will be held in December 2015. The actual date of the event will be communicated in subsequent release.

About Afterschool Centre for Career Development:

Afterschool Centre for Career Development (formerly known as Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project) is a non-governmental, capacity development organization committed to inspiring, investing and engaging young people as well as facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives. We ignite young people to set career goals and walk them through the achievement of such goals enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.

At Afterschool Centre for Career Development we employ various strategic interventions to counsel, train and provide growth opportunities for young people to prepare for the world of work through a peer mentoring model. Our programmes and projects include a Pathfinder programme for Adolescents, A Pre-Tertiary Training Programme for Post-Secondary school graduates, Workplace Training for Undergraduates as well as career advancement trainings for young professionals.

Beyond providing direct services Afterschool Centre for Career Development provides a springboard for Stakeholder collaboration and thought leadership on issues regarding holistic education including career counselling, employment and youth transitions programming. Some initiatives under our thought leadership portfolio include; The Career Counsellors Coalition and the School to Work Transitions in Africa Initiative.

For Partnerships and inquiries, Please contact our Programmes and Partnerships Officer, BasseyAbang via bassey.abang@afterschoolcentre.org or call 08187508000

Africa Code Week

Convinced, with Einstein that “the only source of knowledge is experience”, the Africa Code Week is organised by  SAPAmpionSimplon.co, the Galway Education Centre, the Cape Town Science Centre and the King Baudouin Foundation to empower youth, teachers and parents with the language of software programming using a freely available Scratch system.

The event will provide African youths with the critical skills required for today’s challenging job market and become key actors of Africa‘s economic development.

Africa Code Week was officially launched during the World Economic Forum on Africa (Cape Town, 3–5 June 2015).

For details:http://www.africacodeweek.org