1 The Connected Africa Girls Coding Camp returns this year for its fifth edition, commissioned by ECA in association with the Government of the Republic of Namibia, UN Namibia, UN WOMEN and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
2 The hybrid training is aimed at young African women and girls between the ages of 12 and 25, with 100 from Namibia physically attending, while more than 2,000 are expected to join virtually from across the African continent.
5 In Africa, where we see the largest digital gender gap in the world, only 24% of women use the internet compared to 35% of men.
7 This limited access creates barriers for young women and girls to reap the benefits of the Internet and increase their academic and professional participation, especially in technology-based fields.
8 The African Connected Girls initiative strives to bridge this digital divide by empowering young African women and girls with the foundational skills needed to find long-term success in education, employment and entrepreneurship, while creating an enabling environment.
9 conducive to collaborative efforts.
13 On the last day of the camp, an innovation fair will be organized that will allow the girls to showcase their projects developed during the coding camp by focusing on solution-oriented ideas in response to the socio-economic challenges of the continent.
14 In the last four editions of the coding camp, participants have developed 198 innovative projects, of which 40 were recognized for their contributions to the community.
16 The deadline to register is August 15, 2022 at 17:59 EAT.
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