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SA coding program offers FREE CODING TRAINING for Mandela Day.

A big opportunity for FREE LEARNING for all Africans in the continent.

Johannesburg, 18 July 2022: As part of its contribution to Mandela Day on 18 July, established South
African coding program CodeJIKA will offer free coding training to learners, parents and teachers wishing
to learn the basics of coding in 1 hour.

Optimized for both desktop and mobile, the programme offers a full curriculum of short
courses that can be accessed at no charge and aims to provide critical digital skills that can empower
African youth and kickstart a career in coding.

Through the Mandela Day initiative, teachers, parents and volunteers can assist a group of teens on how
they can create a digital tribute for Nelson Mandela using the CodeJIKA 1-hour website curriculum, and
start a coding club with their friends.

“This Mandela Day, we are aiming to introduce at least 10000 African youth to the basics of coding in
HTML, CSS and Javascript,” explains CodeJIKA Project Manager Sibusiso Khoza..
CodeJIKA’s efforts are aligned with Nelson Mandela’s belief that “Education is the most powerful
weapon that can be used to change the world.”

The teaching of 21st
-century skills will be necessary for
Africa to transform itself into a continent of growth and opportunity. and the CodeJIKA free coding
curriculum was specifically created to help the African youth to create a better life for themselves and
those around them, through the use of digital skills.
Coding as a key lever to African development
As workplace and job requirements evolve, candidates highly skilled in computer science, programming
and coding are increasingly in demand.

Computer science skills also prepare the youth for the
technological demands of the jobs of the future, regardless of field or occupation.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, 70% of jobs now require basic digital skills and about two-thirds of employers
have reported experiencing skills gaps in their workforce. African technology industries are rapidly
disrupting traditional job markets and creating new demands for roles in software development and
machine learning engineering.

Given that only 2% of African students under the age of 18 years leave school with coding skills, the
need for digital upskilling on the continent remains critical.
Former CodeJIKA students have lauded the programme, describing how it has kick-started their career.
“At first, I was intimidated by coding, but I soon started to really enjoy the experience,” describes
Paballo Mooka, Grade 9 Diepsloot Secondary 3
“CodeJIKA opened my eyes to the computer science world, which I never knew existed. My hunger for
learning continued after I finished the course and graduated from high school. I enrolled to study a
Bachelor of Computer Science at UNISA and I am enjoying my studies.”2018 CodeJIKA Alumni Calvin

Ways to spread the word about CodeJIKA’s programmes this Mandela Day:
● Help a group of teens to start a coding club .

● Do an hour of code with a group of teens.

● Share our programmes on social media by using the following hashtags #Code4Mandela
#67MinutesOfCoding #MandelaDay #CodeJIKAMandela

“The CodeJIKA programme is an enjoyable and easy way to introduce young people to coding. Anyone
can code; they just need the right tools and the support of those around them to show them that it is
possible. This is what we do at CodeJIKA,” adds Thandie Mhlangu, CodeJIKA Provincial Trainer.

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