First Hour of Code launch event

TOP students from eight different high schools, school management teams and NGOs from across Gauteng attended the Hour of Code SA's introductory event.

TOP students from eight different high schools, school management teams and NGOs from across Gauteng came in numbers to the Hour of Code SA introductory event where they tried out Hour of Code for the first time.

The event was held at the Southern Sun OR Tambo International Airport Hotel on June 13.

Hour of Code is a global campaign that was established in the USA in 2013 by Code.org to raise awareness about computer science education and aims to teach people the basic skills of computer science and programming.

According to the spokesman, Desiree Rikhotso, the campaign has so far impacted over 180 countries and 100 million people across the world.

One of the Hour of Code ambassadors, she said, was USA president, Barrack Obama.

“Our mission is to ensure that every student from every background across the country has the opportunity to learn computer science and programming at no cost,” explained Rikhotso

“We’re excited to be working together with number of schools all over Gauteng and NGOs such as Siyakhula, Afrika Tikun , Ikamva youth and many more to raise awareness in support of the Hour of Code programme,” she added.

Rikhotso pointed out that Hour of Code SA will organise nationwide events and partner with over 20 000 schools and NGOs , companies and mass media across the country to raise awareness , improve the quality of computer science education and impact millions of youth nationwide.

“Our goal is for computer science to be a fixed part of school curriculum. To support our goal, we do work across the education spectrum, designing our own courses or partnering with others, training teachers, partnering with large school districts, helping change government policies, expanding internationally via partnerships, and marketing to break stereotypes,” she said.

Change the World Trust is the NPO that established Hour of Code.

Natalie Emery, co-founder of the NPO, said: “We need to encourage and embrace our South African student’s interest in computer science. Every student deserves the chance to learn computer science to access the best careers of the 21st century.’’

Schools and NGOs nationwide can go to www.hourofcode.co.za and sign up to be a participant and register their school or NGO.

For more information, email: [email protected] or call 011 027 8778

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Tumelo Tshetlo

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