Geek moves youth into digital era

2018-11-28 06:01
Thabiso Mogorosi, a finalist in the science and technology category of the South Af­rican Men of the Year Awards for 2018. Photo: Supplied

Thabiso Mogorosi, a finalist in the science and technology category of the South Af­rican Men of the Year Awards for 2018. Photo: Supplied

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Thabiso Mogorosi (22), a provincial coordinator of the Africa Teen Geeks in the Northern Cape, is a finalist in the science and technology category of this year’s South African Men of the Year awards.

Although he does not possess a techno­logy qualification, he plays his role as a teacher in preparing future generations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

He sacrifices Saturdays to give coding classes to children aged nine to 18 years at the Unisa Campus, Kimberley.

What is Africa Teen Geeks?

It is a non-profit organisation founded by Lindiwe Matlali in 2014. It partnered with Google to offer 29 young children online coding classes on Saturdays. Learners will complete the course started in February 2018 in two years.

What is coding?

In simple terms coding is a primary method that allows communication between humans and machines.

Which careers can one enter in this field?

You can become a programmer, a web developer or an app developer.

What skills do learners gain in the programme?

They gain problem-solving and technical skills and pay more attention to detail. It also helps with their reading and school work in general.

What advice can you offer aspiring coders?

The world needs more coders, since we are moving into a digital era. Pursue the field and do not be discouraged.

What do you enjoy the most?

Making a difference in someone’s life. I enjoy the fact that I am always learning something new everyday. My Geeks are a handful, but they always put a smile on my face.

What are your future endea­vours?

I would like to become part of history by establishing my own tech village in the Northern Cape. This will help bridge the digital gap in the province and empower unemployed IT graduates.

How do you feel about the nomination as finalist?

I am both humbled and excited and am privileged that I can represent my province on national level.

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