TechInAfrica – The software giant company, SAP is set to train about 1.5 million young Africans this year for its Africa Code Week 2019 initiative. The skills development initiative has trained about 4.1 million African youth by far and this year hopefully it will meet its target for the additional numbers of participants. This year will be the fifth edition of ACW and will be taking place during October. As for the South African edition, it will be running from October 4th – 18th.
The SAP ACW was launched in 2015. It aims at connecting hundreds of schools, students, teachers, governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations as part of SAP’s efforts to empower young Africans and provide them with digital literacy skills.
The initiative was initiated by SAP EMEA in collaboration with the Cape Town Science Center, Google, UNESCO, Galway Education Center, and local government, among others. According to SAP, since its first launch, ACW has trained 4.1 million students with digital skills through over 70,000 coding workshops. Among these numbers, 1.8 millions of them were girls.
Faith Mangope, Brand Ambassador of SAP ACW commented, “With 15 million to 20 million young people expected to join the African workforce every year for the next three decades, delivering the ecosystem for quality jobs – and future skills to match will be imperative for fully leveraging the continent’s demographic dividend.”
“21st-century skills ensure everyone can participate in and benefit from today’s digital world. Coding helps kids hone a wide array of essential hard and soft skills, from geometry to writing all the way to critical thinking and teamwork.”
The South African edition of ACW 2019 is targeting to support and empower over 100,000 young people for the two-week period.
SAP ACW expands its reach of the initiative across African countries every year. Currently, it’s running across 37 countries with translations to English, French, as well as Portuguese.
For further information about coding workshops and initiatives to be held in October across African countries, please visit the ACW Map.