A continental coding boot camp for young girls has been concluded successfully last week after being in session since November 30th. The 12-day training camp hosted 2,000 girls and covered issues related to gender disparities, human rights, and sustainable development goals aside from coding instruction and training.
The boot camp was organized as a hybrid program of in person and online instruction and discussion. Participants were given training on how to code with the scratch program; a visual programing language for creating interactive stories, games, and animations for individuals aged 8 to 16.
Lessons in robotics, artificial intelligence, design thinking, gaming, fashion, and animation were also part of the camp that hosted students from the African Girls Can Code Initiative, UN Women, AUC Women, and individual participants aged 13 to 20 from all across Africa.
The training camp was a collaboration between the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).