UNECA will educate 3000 African girls in coding. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) announced that approximately 3,000 young female Africans between the ages of 12 and 25 will be trained to “develop coding and other cognitive skills necessary for resolving the continent’s contemporary problems, closing gender gaps, and combating poverty.”
The UNECA said in a statement on Friday that the project, called “the Connected African Girls Coding Camp,”. Was organized in collaboration with the Cameroonian government, UNWOMEN, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), and Unesco.
With only 22.5 percent of women in Africa having access to the internet, compared to 33.8 percent of men. The camp aims to increase women’s access to ICTs, equip young females with the necessary skills for long-term success in employment, entrepreneurship, or further education. And foster meaningful partnerships, according to a UNECA statement.
The camp’s training modules will cover animation; fashion coding through the Turtle Stitch embroidery; gaming and web programming; robotics/Internet of Things (IoT); and 3D printing.
Additionally, it will cover broad cognitive processes such as project creation, design thinking, computational thinking. And the role of women in STEM fields such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).
The Camp will conclude with an “Innovation Fair and Project Exhibition” activity in which different groups will exhibit and compete for awards on actual projects they have created.
Thousands of girls achieved commendable achievements during a previous set of girls’ continental coding camps conducted in Addis Ababa and online between November and December 2020, as well as during ECA’s 53rd session in March 2021, the announcement said.