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Statistics such as those released by the institute of Information Technology Professionals (IITPSA) state that 56% of global ICT professional jobs are held by women, but in South Africa – where women comprise 55% of the country’s entire workforce – only 20% of the ICT workforce are women.
According to DBE female participation in IT at school is only 23%. This is a challenge especially given the fact that only 5% of schools offer computer science due to lack of qualified teachers. And the majority of these schools are in affluent suburbs.
Africa Teen Geeks and the SABC Foundation started the Girl Geek campaign with the support of Standard in 2016 to meet the following objectives:
- Close the opportunity gap where access to computing education is concerned ensuring inclusive education for the previously disadvantaged
- Close the gender gap by creating a pipeline of women in technology
- Increase participation of female learners in IT in schools with a special emphasis on previously disadvantaged children
We partner with Middle Schools, High Schools and Universities to bring Geek Clubs to communities across the country. Any primary, High School or University Faculty member is eligible to start a Club at their school or university.
Monthly, project based activities
Opportunity to build real world software including mobile apps and games
40 hours of instruction per school year
An end of year, student-choice, final project that impacts your community.
*Any learner under the age of 13 interested in starting a Club must have a parent apply on her behalf
Introduce youth to entrepreneurship mindset
Expose youth to the business of technology
Inspire creativity for business
Our Saturday coding classes are aimed at children from schools with no computer labs where we teach children how to code equipping them with skills that help them to be creators of technology not just users.
Through this programme we certify children aged 16 and up with Junior Java Certificate from Oracle Academy. Current classes takes place in Gauteng, Western Cape, Free State, KwaZulu Natal and North West.
Since 2014 Africa Teen Geeks hosted thousands of children from disadvantaged schools to introduce them to computer science at 24 UNISA labs across the country. The learners spend a day at UNISA learning how to write basic computer programmes. One might ask, Why Coding? Education is shifting to prepare kids for the future job market, and code literacy is just as essential to this generation as math, science, and languages. Coding encourages creative thinking, motivates problem solving, and builds confidence and perseverance in the face of challenges. Not only does coding build competency, but it also provides useful crossover skills in other disciplines outside computer science and programming. And like solving any interesting puzzle, coding can be totally fun!
give an opportunity to children from disadvantaged communities to learn Computer Science.
Dispel the myth that computer science is hard
Inspire learners to consider computer science as a subject
Inspire learners to not only be consumers of technology but also creators
Close the opportunity gap between the advantaged and previously disdavantaged where access to computing education is concerned
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Teachers Who Code
Our teacher training programme gives educators from previously disadvantaged schools the necessary skills and resources to teach computer science and use computers as a teaching aid.
We encourage professional development as a teacher with our courses and training in teaching methods, lesson planning, teaching strategies, questioning techniques and leadership skills. Along with being trained in the coding curriculum, teachers learn how to use the internet as a tool for effective teaching.
The teacher training programme includes in-depth coaching, facilitated practice, observation of colleagues, and working with actual students. They are given the resources to assess their own teaching practices and deepen their understanding of the classroom.
Our courses inspire educators to become involved in school improvements and the community as part of their teacher professional development. Two teachers from each school are selected for this teacher training programme, with maths and science teachers being given preference. The teachers are coached and supported by a project manager who attends the first and last sessions.
The programme is open to all teachers who are interested in adding computer coding to their school’s curriculum. Our courses are designed to ensure lessons are taught well, both in theory and practice. The only requirement for the teacher training programme is that the school already has a computer lab.
The one-year learnership programme has come to a successful end for the previous group. The next intake of 33 young females partaking in the learnership programme with Standard Bank will commence on 8th August 2017. But the journey for the first group does not end here. Those who have invested the effort and energy will be assessed and the top 10 will have two more years of mentorship and leadership.