Africa Rising Kicks off Coding Project for Madiba Centennial

The year 2018 marks a momentous occasion for both South African’s and the world at large as we prepare to celebrate one hundred years of Madiba. It is a particularly poignant moment for the Africa Rising Foundation, which was founded in 2009 by Ndaba and Kweku Mandela. The primary objective of the foundation is to empower our youth as we strive to contribute toward the economic development of the continent as well as to publicize a positive image of Africa. True to the foundation’s mission statement and in an effort to keep the Madiba legacy alive, Africa Rising has made strides in terms of community development and has initiated a number of youth empowerment programs. Nelson Mandela was a strong advocate for education and youth empowerment and we can do no better than to quote Madiba, “The youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow” With this in mind Africa Rising has partnered with Melisizwe Computer Labs to host their annual computer coding workshop. The workshop is part of Africa Rising’s centennial program that celebrates 100 years of Madiba. The workshop is an accredited course that will run for a three month period which kicked off on Friday, 20 April 2018. Khanyisa Secondary School in Mthatha, Eastern Cape is the host school and has opened up their facilities to sixty students who were pre-selected to participate in the workshop. Students were selected from across various schools including the host school, Holy Cross and Milton Mbekela in Qunu. Project partners, Melisizwe Computer Labs worked tirelessly in putting together a curriculum that will ensure that the candidates are upskilled in basic java; programming languages; coding fundamentals; design; functionality; data structure and much more. As project partners they are passionate about providing innovative sustainable use of computer infrastructure to further advance computer learning in underprivileged schools and communities. With regard to the centennial plans co-founder of Africa Rising, Ndaba Mandela “extends an invitation to all sectors of the public to join hands in commemorating one of the greatest leaders of all time and may we all strive to keep the legacy of Madiba alive so that his spirit lives beyond the centennial celebration.”    

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