Ikusasa LeAfrika Foundation (ILAF) and Africa Teen Geeks (ATG) are working together on an educational programme to inspire Africa’s next generation of technology innovators. The focus is on developing South African learners from underprivileged backgrounds into coders and technology experts. From their first interaction with computers during Computer Science week (3-7 July) 2017, where Africa Teen Geeks hosted 12,000 Learners at 24 University of South Africa (UNISA) campuses nationwide, to solving their first societal problem during the Hack4Health Hackathon that took place 3-4 June in Johannesburg. The Hack4Jus@ce hackathon was held in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime held on the 29-31 July at UNISA in Johannesburg.
ILAF and ATG drive to foster the first interaction millions of children have with a computer aims to demystify the device for them to see it as a life tool. We develop content and opportunities to inspire the youth to look at a computer, not only as a tool used during employment, but as a partner in creating their dreams and entrepreneurial aspirations. We are seeing the rising talent of South Africa’s youth and want to bridge the global digital gap through partnerships with visionary leadership that relies on Africa’s success. The power of our youth has been proven through their ability to create solutions that can benefit the entire country.
- Introduce computer science into South African schools that have underutilized computer labs for various reasons; main one being lack of skilled teachers.
- Empower and equip teachers through high impact trainings that will enable them to teach technology with technology.
- Increase access to technology education for previously disadvantaged communities and people with disability to ensure that they have the skills necessary for social mobility.
- Encourage Africa’s youth to be the creators, not just consumers of technology.
- Close the tech skills gap, thereby increasing the ability of disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities from the townships and rural areas, to participate in the opportunities being presented across in technology across all sectors.
- Create a pipeline of youth being equipped with advanced ICT skills preparing them to continue their studies in the technology space at varsity, launch a tech related entrepreneurial endeavour or enter the sector’s labour market.