In 2015, an initiative spanned 17 different countries in Africa and reached 89,000 children, all in the name of increasing digital literacy through coding. Africa Code Week, a joint effort by SAP, the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre, gave students the opportunity to work with computers and write introductory lines of code.
Coding initiatives are becoming increasingly popular internationally, especially as digital literacy is seen as a necessary skill. These initiatives are popping up everywhere. Not only are schools building courses and curriculum around computer programming, but extracurricular workshops like Africa Code Week are stepping in to help them meet short- and long-term digital literacy goals.
How can initiatives like Africa Code Week be most effective in reaching youth across the world? What are meaingful ways to foster digital literacy in young people? Join the discussion on on Vialogues.
Excerpts from the discussion
@01:40 AimeeLee: This seems like a wonderful program in so many ways, so I hate to be critical. But with all the attention that computer programming classes have gotten in the past few years, I have to wonder if they are becoming overhyped and we should instead be focusing on other skills?
@01:50 DJRojas11:Even if these kids never become developers or engineers, think about the other benefits a program like this might have. For a kid who dislikes being at home or is scared to play outside, coding offers a fun, safe, and productive use of their time. Aside from learning Scratch, it could build skills like logic, reasoning, self-discipline, problem-solving...