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This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks

December 20th, 2018

Computer Science (CS) education is critical to preparing students for the new global economy, but unfortunately, many young people lack the opportunity to develop these technical skills. As part of our commitment to help one million Europeans find jobs or grow their businesses by 2020 and to train 10 million Africans by 2022, we want to change that.

That’s why this October, we supported Europe Code Weekfor the fifth consecutive year, and Africa Code Week for the third consecutive year, funding 76 education organizations in 33 countries. Over the course of the two weeks, we worked with 166,000 students (56% of whom were girls) and 4,600 teachers to help them develop the skills to get involved in computer science.

This year at Europe Code Week, a grassroots movement started by the European Commission, we funded 25 organizations in 21 countries which all together inspired 77,000 students in computer science.

This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
Cheshire East Librariesran workshops designed to encourage kids to engage with computer science. The results were a real catalyst for staff, who have gained the confidence to now run their own Code Clubs in Alsager and Bollington, with other libraries planning to launch additional Code Clubs soon.
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
More than 300 students in Slovenia took part in 27 programming workshops offered by our grant recipient FabLab Network.
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
Lithuanian teachers learning to offer Computer Science education activities in their classrooms in Kaunas, Šiauliai and Šalčininkai experienced the creative side of computing with augmented reality using smartphones and Google Cardboards. Ninety teachers participated in workshops provided by our grant awardee “Information Technologies Institute.”
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
In Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Laboratorium set up a workshop where in one project, team “Tribus” worked on a collaborative websitefor disaster preparation, learning about HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
Students of all ages were so excited about the models they made during their 3D printing workshops that ANBPR (our grantee in Cluj, Bucharest and Brailia) offered an additional session at the national Library of Romania.
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
At Attymass National School in Ireland, students drew on their computational thinking skills to create their first coding programs using Scratch and Google’s CS First activities.

In Africa, we joined forces with SAP and Africa Code Week to fund 53 organizations and grassroots groups across 11 countries. Over 107,000 students were able to explore computer science through a variety of fun and interactive workshops.

This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
Tych Zoe Global Network organized coding workshops for 871 students at several schools in Nigeria as part of Africa Code Week 2018.
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
LetKidsCode provided coding workshops for 550 beginners to spark interest in ICT and related careers in Gambia.
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
Kitale students learning programming using Edison Robots during Africa Code Week workshop.
This is how we coded: a recap of Europe & Africa Code Weeks
SIYAFUNDA CTC empowered community center trainers to provide coding programs to more than 50,000 students.

We’re glad to have helped these students gain coding experience in Europe and Africa and look forward to inspiring even more students in 2019.