Learn to code

2017-04-23 13:08
nerd Lerato MoeketsiPHOTO: EugeneGoddard

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Would you like to find out more about how coding can advance your child’s educational and personal development?

City Press and Africa Teen Geeks are hosting a free introductory coding session on May 13 so that parents can bring their children to see for themselves what computer science is all about. Youngsters will have fun playing games and learning how to create basic computer code.

City Press editor Mondli Makhanya says: “If you are still not sure what computer coding is, join us for the morning at one of the classes around the country and find out. Bring your children, bring your granny and get excited about the future promise that coding holds.”

To find out more, email info@africateengeeks.co.za or projects@citypress.co.za with your child’s age and where you live so that you can be directed to the centre that is closest to you.

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Taking the lead in kick-starting the Sponsor a Child to Learn Computer Programing campaign, City Press is proud to be sponsoring 17-year-old Lerato Moeketsi for a year.

“This sponsorship means a lot to me,” the Grade 11 pupil said this week.

Lerato is a ward of Roodepoort Child Welfare and credits her social worker for supporting her in her quest to learn programming and pursue a career in either coding or civil engineering.

“I was praying to get a sponsor. When I found out about it, I cried. I was so happy. This sponsorship gives me a lot of motivation – I know I have to work hard if I want to get more sponsors for my education in the future. Next year, when I’m in matric, I’ll make time to carry on with coding and will also practise on my own.”

City Press editor Mondli Makhanya says the newspaper is pleased to be able to sponsor Lerato’s transport and lunch at the free coding classes.

“Skilling our children for the new world of work is a necessity. Programmes such as Africa Teen Geeks are working to provide opportunities to as many South African children as possible so that they have the building blocks to create the technological solutions to our real-life problems,” he says.

Lerato has been immersing herself in coding lessons at the Florida Unisa campus since 2015, and has even conceptualised an app.

“I got involved in Africa Teen Geeks because it was a good opportunity to learn about computers and coding. I actually found coding quite easy because I’m a quick learner. Now we’re doing Java programming.

“I’d like to see more companies sponsoring girls so that we can show that we also have the brains to work hard and be at the top in a field that’s mostly filled with men.”

. There’s still time to join the Hack4Health hackathon on June 3 and 4 at Kingsmead College. For more information, visit http://www.africateengeeks.co.za/register-now, or email info@africateengeeks.co.za

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