Nairobi, September 1st 2015

Afterschool Centre for Career Development (ACCD), a non-governmental capacity development organisation committed to inspiring, investing and engaging young people has been assigned the implementing partner of the first-ever Africa code week in Nigeria.

The Africa Code Week which is billed to hold 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 system to help bridge the digital skills gap.

Coding is the literacy of the digital age, a whole new language for young people to speak fluently and express themselves in the 21st century. Knowing that 11 million youth are expected to enter the African labour market every year over the next decade and that digital jobs could increase their income by 40% to 200%, acting now is a must.

The Africa Code week is therefore designed to empower future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century workforce and become key actors of Africa’s economic development. The event also seeks to equip young Africans with the coding skills they need to thrive in their careers, become key contributors to Africa’s economic development and mentor the next generation to do the same.

ACCD will anchor the inaugural Africa Code Week in Calabar, Cross River State by implementing the following activities for the week:

Africa Code Week Summit.
A Week long Coding Class.
Codathon- for – Social Change.
Entirely free of charge, Africa Code Week will equip no fewer than 20,000 kids and youths within the ages 8 to 24 with coding skills and they will get to know that coding is fun and it can open many doors in your life. There are also programs set aside for teachers and technology enthusiasts willing to become trainers.

Other African countries were the Africa Code Week will be taking place include are: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Togo and Tunisia.

For registration and partnership, email info@afterschoolcentre.org or call 07038478577, 08187508000.

About Afterschool Centre for Career Development

Afterschool Centre for Career Development (formerly known as Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project) is a non-governmental, capacity development organisation 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 training for young professionals.

Africa Code Week

Convinced, with Einstein that “the only source of knowledge is experience”, the Africa Code Week is organised by  SAP, Ampion, Simplon.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, 5 June 2015).