SA Coding Program Offers Free Coding Training for Mandela Day

As part of its contribution to Mandela Day on July 18, South African coding program CodeJIKA will be offering free coding training to learners, parents and teachers who want to learn the basics of coding in one hour.

Optimized for desktop and mobile, the CodeJIKA.com program offers a comprehensive curriculum of free-to-access short courses and aims to provide essential digital skills that can empower young Africans and launch a career in coding.

Through the Mandela Day initiative, teachers, parents and volunteers can help a group of teens create a digital tribute to Nelson Mandela using the CodeJIKA website’s hour-long program and start a coding club with their friends.

The CodeJIKA free coding program was specifically created to help young Africans create a better life for themselves and those around them through the use of digital skills. Photo submitted.

“This Mandela Day, we aim to introduce at least 10,000 young Africans to the basics of coding in HTML, CSS and Javascript,” explained CodeJIKA Project Manager Sibusiso Khoza.

CodeJIKA’s efforts are aligned with Nelson Mandela’s belief that “education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world”.

Teaching 21st century skills will be necessary for Africa to transform into a continent of growth and opportunity and the CodeJIKA free coding program was specifically created to help Africa’s youth create a better life for themselves. himself and for those around him, through the use of digital skills.

Coding as a key lever for African development

The CodeJIKA program is a simple and enjoyable way to introduce young people to coding. Photo submitted.

As workplace and job requirements change, highly skilled candidates in computer science, programming, and coding are increasingly in demand. Computer skills also prepare young people for the technological demands of the jobs of the future, regardless of field or profession.

In sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of jobs now require basic digital skills and around two-thirds of employers reported experiencing skills gaps in their workforce. African tech industries are rapidly disrupting traditional labor markets and creating new demands for roles in software development and machine learning engineering.

Given that only 2% of African students under the age of 18 leave school with coding skills, the need for digital upskilling on the continent remains critical.

Ways to publicize CodeJIKA programs this Mandela Day:

• Help a group of teenagers start a coding club.

• Do an hour of coding with a group of teens.

• Share our programs on social media using the following hashtags #Code4Mandela #67MinutesOfCoding #MandelaDay #CodeJIKAMandela

“The CodeJIKA program is a simple and enjoyable way to introduce young people to coding. Anyone can code; they just need the right tools and the support of those around them to show them that it’s possible. This is what we do at CodeJIKA,” added Thandie Mhlangu, CodeJIKA Provincial Trainer.

Ryan H. Bowman