Youths from 22 African countries are set to compete for the final round of judging in the inaugural ‘AfriCAN Code Challenge.’
Speaking on the competition, Africa Code Week Global Coordinator, Olajide Ajayi, said, “Despite the pandemic disrupting schooling for hundreds of millions of kids across Africa, the continent’s youths have stepped up to share their vision for the future of education.
“While there can ultimately be only one winner, the quality of entries at the inaugural AfriCAN Code Challenge inspires hope and optimism about Africa’s future, one shaped by the largest youth population in the world.”
A statement by the organisers noted that 40 countries participated, with over 100 project videos submitted and that the top three entries from 36 countries made it into the continental final, with 22 countries making it to the final judging stage.
The winner will be announced in January 2021.
Commenting on the challenge, Director of EMEA Corporate Social Responsibility and Co-founder of Africa Code Week at SAP, Claire Gillissen-Duval, said, “African youth are highly creative and community-oriented, and have a key role to play in building a safer and better future for the continent.
“By encouraging learners to innovate at an early age, we hope to inspire them to become change-makers and help find solutions to challenges in their communities, nations, and beyond.”
The 22 countries that made it through to the final round are Algeria, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.