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Teaching the Next Generation of Girls to Code! Pearls Africa presents “GirlsCoding” | 2nd Edition – Saturday, May 21st

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GirlsCoding entails training young girls from underserved communities in tech tools and different programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Java, and Scratch for the purpose of economy independence, and then connects them with female mentors and technology companies on internship.

The original curriculum was modified after the orientation program because we discovered that the girls had no background whatsoever in programming and our curriculum would be too technical.

We started with digital literacy and code.org and their interest in the world of logic and reasoning quickly grew. One of their main tasks was to complete a series of logic puzzles, which came with a Certificate of Completion – A sense of fulfillment rippled among the girls.

During the course of the program, an exceptional student, Mariam (10 years) who is also the youngest student was noticed. She is a nursery school teacher who teaches verbal & quantitative reasoning, quantitative, logic and spelling to nursery school students. Her favorite subject is mathematics and with the right environment, right mentoring and guidance, she will be a STEM candidate.

Guests were a regular feature at GirlsCoding with tips on areas of scaling and improvement. Recently we had the Facebook Team over, testing and getting feedback on their new product: FreeBasics, which enables one to visit some websites without Wi-Fi or mobile data.

The first batch of GirlsCoding is over and the team is getting ready to train the next batch of 20 girls from an Orphanage home based in Lagos in July 2016.

Pearls Africa presents another meetup scheduled as follows:

Date: Saturday, the 21st of May

To volunteer or get involved, contact Pearls of Africa |
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.pearlsafrica.org

The purpose of this event is to provide an avenue for these vulnerable young girls to connect with accomplished ladies as potential mentors.

While the training of the 2nd batch is on going, most of the girls from the first batch will be on internship with technology companies working in conjunction with us. They will also be connected to female mentors for the purpose of mentorship, capacity/personal development and etiquette.

After the stipulated period for the internship is over, the interns will be charged with the responsibility to train 5 girls each so as to pass on the torch.

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See photos from the 1st edition of GirlsCoding:

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8 Comments

  1. Ayo

    May 20, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    A 10 year old nursery school teacher?…….

  2. Honeycrown

    May 20, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Every girl should learn coding. Not enough women in the techie field. I would love to volunteer/support programs like this one in the near future.

    • techie

      May 21, 2016 at 3:24 am

      omg! same here?

  3. Nakoms

    May 20, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    ……..In the near future. Yeah right! Then life happens.

    • haha

      May 21, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Nakoms you dey doubt honeycrown, huh I tire oh.

  4. Honeycrown

    May 20, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    Yes, Life always happens but it didn’t stop my kids, nieces, nephews and few of their friends from coding. I plan to support/volunteer and get involved with people I don’t know in the very near future by Gods grace. You should learn to code too if you don’t.

  5. Ephi

    May 21, 2016 at 10:49 am

    This is such a great initiative!

    When I clicked on the website, it is showing up as an unregistered domain. Can we please get the correct website address?
    http://www.pearlsofafrica.org

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