The Launch of the Training of Trainers Workshop in preparation of Africa Code Week
19 August 2016, Lesotho High School
In recent years, the importance of programming has become a subject of increasing international awareness. There is a growing understanding that computer programming should be an essential component of basic literacy in order for learners to be competitive in the digital age. The Africa Code Week (ACW) celebrated on 15 to 23 October, 2016 offers just that.
Africa Code Week was first celebrated in 2015 by 17 African countries where 89, 000 youth were engaged in live coding workshops; this year Lesotho will be one of about 30 African countries participating in this ‘‘largest digital literacy campaign ever organised on the African Continent’.
The mission of Africa Code Week is ‘to empower future generations with coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century and become key actors of Africa’s economic development’. It aims at promoting computer programming for kids aged 8 – 16 from grades 3 to high school.
In preparation for ACW in October, Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology is coordinating a Training of Trainers workshop in preparation for Africa Code Week. The training was on Friday 19 August, 2016 at Lesotho High School and was conducted by the team from the Cape Town Science Centre, also responsible for coordinating ACW 2016. The aim was to train about 150 teachers who will themselves be expected to train others to ensure that during the ACW in October, there will be enough trainers for as many learners as possible.