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  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 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 Given the growing global influence of technology in driving sustainable growth and development strengthening the ICT sector is socially and economically relevant for Africa According to the 2021 ITU report gender remains a disparity factor globally with 62 of men using the internet compared to 57 of women 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 Thus the participation of African women continues to indicate significant gaps within science technology engineering arts and mathematics STEAM disciplines 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 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 conducive to collaborative efforts Namibia s Connected African Girls Coding Camp will feature four main workshops on animation web and game development IoT and robotics and 3D printing Graphic Design is included as a common online course with Artificial Intelligence Design Thinking and Computational Thinking This camp will also feature master classes on gender based violence the UN SDGs and Agenda 2063 including personal development skills 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 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 The registration page can be accessed through the following link The deadline to register is August 15 2022 at 17 59 EAT https us06web zoom us webinar register WN_l88gKa6dRtSqudhRN4O_cg
Thousands of African girls will receive coding training: another step towards a connected Africa

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).

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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.

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3 Given the growing global influence of technology in driving sustainable growth and development, strengthening the ICT sector is socially and economically relevant for Africa.

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4 According to the 2021 ITU report, gender remains a disparity factor globally, with 62% of men using the internet compared to 57% of women.

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.

6 Thus, the participation of African women continues to indicate significant gaps within science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) disciplines.

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.

10 Namibia’s Connected African Girls Coding Camp will feature four main workshops on animation, web and game development, IoT and robotics, and 3D printing.

11 Graphic Design is included as a common online course with Artificial Intelligence, Design Thinking, and Computational Thinking.

12 This camp will also feature master classes on gender-based violence, the UN SDGs and Agenda 2063, including personal development skills.

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.

15 The registration page can be accessed through the following link.

16 The deadline to register is August 15, 2022 at 17:59 EAT.

17 https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l88gKa6dRtSqudhRN4O_cg

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