By Confidente Reporter
Finland is celebrating 100 years of independence and to mark this milestone, the Code Bus Africa initiative was launched. The aim of the tour is to bring together innovators in technology and offer coding workshops in 10 African countries, over a period of 100 days.
The bus recently concluded a tour in Namibia and representatives from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Faculty of Computing and Informatics, the National Youth Council, and Finland, presented free workshops to more than 200 young people in Windhoek, Rundu, Mariental, Otjiwarongo and Walvis Bay. The project targets Africans aged between 12 and 20 years, with special focus on girls. Through the workshops, participants are taught to code their own music, which is one of the basic tools that can be used to engage beginners in computer science.
The launch of the event was held at the residence of the Finnish Ambassador to Namibia, Anne Saloranta, and the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo and the NUST Vice-Chancellor Dr Tjama Tjivikua were in attendance.
Saloranta highlighted Finland’s passion for young people. She also used the platform to commend Namibia’s strong ties with Finland.
Dr Tjivikua said that it is very important for young people to be aware of all the possibilities that technology can offer them, adding that such an initiative allows them to broaden their minds and develop different perspectives. One of the participants from Mariental said: “I found this very interesting. Coding is basically telling a computer what to do.”
The project is led by Aalto University and jointly organised by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Finnish technology hubs, non-governmental organisations, corporate and other educational institutions. The corporate partners include Nokia, the project’s main sponsor, and Mehackit, a technology education start-up based in Finland.
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