Greater heights reached by Nelson Mandela Bay scholars through coding

The Tangible Africa coding initiative from Africa to the world.

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A heartfelt certificate handout ceremony was hosted on Tuesday, June 14, at Fairview House in Gqeberha, hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay iHub. Learners from Parsons Hill Primary, Swartkops Primary, Cowan High and Funda Tech NGO, had completed a 4 week online C# coding program, after being identified by Tangible Africa Coding Evangelists.

The coding initiative which is by Leva Foundation in partnership with Nelson Mandela University Computing Sciences, aims to encourage the youth to find zeal in participating in coding activities, although some learners may not have the necessary resources such as access to computers at their schools.

The initiative aims to combat the scarcity of software developers in our country. Tangible Africa wants to expose learners from all backgrounds, even those from disadvantaged schools which have no resources to coding concepts and bridge the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged leaners.

Rayhanah Walters, (12). A grade 6 learner from Parsons Hill Primary School was surprised by Professor Jean Greyling, head of Computing Sciences at NMU, when he informed her that AWS Vice President David Brown has committed to fully funding her after grade 7, to study at Alexander Road High School in Gqeberha.

Her teacher, Mr Richards, has witnessed Rayhanah blossom from her early days of playing RANGERS, right up to competing nationally and being fortunate to be sponsored for her high school studies.

He said, “We definitely think that there are some learners that don’t get the recognition due to lack of resources; Tangible Africa’s coding program has opened so many doors for so many learners”. Rayhanah said, “I am over the moon with excitement and have always found coding to be interesting. I struggled when I started and improved with time”.

The coding initiative which is by Leva Foundation in partnership with Nelson Mandela University Computing Sciences, aims to encourage the youth to find zeal in participating in coding activities, although some learners may not have the necessary resources such as access to computers at their schools.

The initiative aims to combat the scarcity of software developers in our country. Tangible Africa wants to expose learners from all backgrounds, even those from disadvantaged schools which have no resources to coding concepts and bridge the gap between advantaged and disadvantaged leaners.

Projects Coordinator at Tangible Africa Lizwi Gwaza (who coordinates the C# Club) states, “Coding is a set of instructions given to a device so it can perform whatever task one aims to perform. We aim to introduce coding to learners to enhance their life skills. The initiative gives learners an upper hand in choosing their careers and gives them a confidence booster.” The online C# coding program runs monthly for learners after completion of all the levels of RANGERS and TANKS.