What is Knit2Code?
Female family members may not be engineers but intricate needle work indicates a talent for programming and software development. Discovering the links between traditionally feminine skills and handicrafts can enrich a girl’s affinity for STEM. Knit2Code is a programme that teaches young girls without access to computer coding through knitting.
What inspired the Knit2code programme?
Knit2code was inspired by the lack of female role models for girls and also the situation on the ground where less than 10 percent of the population are connected to the internet. For example, only 5 percent of South African schools teach IT due to lack of infrastructure and qualified teachers. But also only 23 percent of IT learners are girls. Knit2code includes the female caregivers who learn to code through knitting.