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As part of its Africa Code Week celebrations, running from 1 to 10 October, non-profit organisation Code4CT will be hosting various workshops with the predominant focus being on WordPress.
According to a press release sent to Memeburn Africa Code Week forming part of Code4CT’s 18-month “learn to code programme” for high school girls in grade 11.
The full programme trains participants in web development, design principles, as well as courses in professional development. Code4CT says it aims to inspire a generation of young girls who are well-prepared with a toolkit of technical and soft skills in order to achieve high impact in the workplace.
“The programme begins with a two week camp in July where the girls are introduced to coding and design thinking and are exposed to the many opportunities in the tech world. In October Code4CT will be focussing on WordPress. The Code4CT Class of 2015 who attended the July camp will have the opportunity to further their skills at building websites using WordPress and get a feel for working in the tech industry,” said Code4CT founder, Emma Dicks.
Here’s how the week will go down:
On 5 and 6 October, the Code4CT students will attend a two day workshop at The Cape Craft and Design Institute, 2nd Floor Harrington House, 37 Barrack Street from 9:00 to 15:30. The workshop’s purpose is to advance the young girls WordPress knowledge, using it to build websites and ecommerce stores for business.
And on 7 and 8 October the students will visit companies and spend two days visiting a local web development agency, getting a feel for the work environment. In this time they will continue working on a project they are building.
Following WordPress week Code4CT in collaboration with Silicon Cape Initiate will host Women in Tech Mentoring Day on 10 October. This will be held at the Cape Town Science Centre from 10:00 until 12:30. At this event various female founders of tech-based companies will share their stories; describing their journey into tech, the challenges they face and the lessons they learn in the industry. There will be interactive discussion groups to discuss key ideas raised in the presentations.