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African Girls Can Code Initiative: 20 – 30 August 2018

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More than 100 girls took part in an exciting new initiative entitled “African Girls Can Code” in Addis Ababa on the 20 – 30 August 2018. It was the first training camp where 88 girls from 32 different African countries were trained. This 4 year project will run from 2018 – 2022. The main purpose of this initiative is to enhance entrepreneurship and new business opportunities through use of new information technology and how African countries can draw on new digital – including mobile - technologies and skills transfer to allow business models and entrepreneurships to leapfrog.

This initiative is a joint project between the African Union Commission, UN Women and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) aiming at promoting girls in STEM and ICT. Coding and other ICT skills are essential in the future labour market. By 2020, it is expected that more than 7.1 million jobs will be displaced, and by 2050, half of the jobs that currently exist will have disappeared. That means that 65% of the children entering primary school today could eventually work in jobs that do not yet currently exist.  So if African girls and women are to be part of the fast-growing sectors in the future job market, they simply need to develop ICT skills. In order to achieve this, enabling learning and professional environments need to be created that can challenge gender stereotypes about young girls and women in coding and ICT.

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