Thursday, 11 August 2016

Quick wins by teens as Code Camp Africa starts


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Code Camp Africa participants
For youngsters in the Code Camp Africa programme, vacation 2016 is taking a wholly different turn into an odyssey in computing. Fifteen students registered in the first week of the programme aimed at equipping participants with knowledge on programming, the language of design in the world of computing.
Their excited recounting of what they have done in one week is infectious. Participants range from eight years to 14 years. They gather for half a day every day in a classroom at New Hall International School, Chevy Estate, Lekki.

They have learnt, in technical terms, HTML Basics, CSS Basics and Computer Fundamentals. In real terms, they tell of learning how to design websites for various purposes. Most have programmed websites for games, while others have designed websites for other things that catch their fancies including sports and shopping.
The pupils are learning to code; the computer language used to develop apps, websites and software.
 
Andela instructor with Kamsi Emesibe and Ronke Adeniyi

Abdulrahim Adeola is making a website about games. He has learnt to create a registration code, make links, create a background and videos. Kamsi Emesibe Ebuka is building a website about cars while another is doing his website about politicians.
The pupils say, in the words of young Ronke Adeniyi, that “Code Camp Africa has taught me that no matter what your age, you can do anything. It is not only undergraduates that can design websites. It is possible to do anything whether you are young or old. Code Camp is a new world of fun.”
The organisers of the programme are Code Camp Africa, a firm commited to developing capacity in technology and that inspires and builds up the interest of young people in technical fields. They have support from several other companies including Diamond Bank, who provided sponsorship to bring down the cost for almost half the price.
 
Diamond Bank Youth Segment rep Adaora Ojukwu addressing the participants
Diamond Bank has emerged a dedicated sponsor with a keen interest in the project beyond provision of funds. Officers from its youth segment visit the camp regularly to monitor activities and the progress of the learners. Diamond Bank plays actively in the youth segment with various products and programmes aimed at youth, including the offer of a Diamond Scholar to the participant with the highest proficiency.

The programme commenced July 25 and would run until August 18. The structure is such that the students take on a new project each week so participants can join every week.
 
Youngsters at Code Camp Africa
Global technology firm Andela offers tutorials. One of the rare gems in Nigeria’s tech industry, Andela is the go-to firm for technology talent. “Andela selects the top 1% of tech talent from the largest pool of untapped talent in the world -the African continent”. Andela recruits the best young talent from the educational system across Africa, trains them and hires them off to the best technology firms across the world. CNN asserts that it is harder to get into Andela than Harvard.
Angelos Foods provides meals. The food services company that caters for airlines and more is planning a roll out of outlets across Lagos for its light meal and coffee offerings.
GirlsCoding is an organization dedicated to encouraging greater participation of females in technology.
Excited youngsters at Code Camp Africa
Edwin Momife, chief promoter of Code Camp Africa, said the idea is to equip the participants with skills and cognitive ability to use ICT to solve problems. “Digital is the language of today and more so of tomorrow. Africans need to be able to address the problems in their environment with modern technology now epitomised by the computer.”
Momife added, “We believe that when you teach children how to code early in life, the African dream benefits.”
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