By 2020, there will be one million unfilled coding jobs due to lack of education.

By 2020, there will be one million unfilled coding jobs due to lack of education. The Digital age has changed the environment we live in. Coding has become the universal language of this era, in the future not learning this skill will make navigating the working world as challenging and alienate non-coders, as coding will be a required skill even outside of the technological industry.

Safety In Numbers – Why you should learn coding

  • Learning coding will empower students to seek high paying jobs in the Financial, Manufacturing and Healthcare sectors which will become the most reliant on coding in the future.Louisa Mdluli.JPG

  • Learning coding assists individuals in building problem skills, using coding principle, coders can break problems into smaller segments to tackle them more efficiently.

  • Coding is a universal language which builds an engineering mindset, sharpens mathematical abilities and teaches students the algorithms that exist in our environment. This discipline also inspires creativity and flexibility.

 Four climbers attempt to break a world record and raise funds for Non-profit coding organization Code4Change.

Many will know of The Seven Summits climb, which refers to the ultimate achievement in mountaineering – to reach the top of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. More recently, the idea of the 9 Summits were born – referring to the highest peak in each of the nine provinces of South Africa. Not only were people now climbing the highest mountain in each of the nine provinces, but they were doing it in record times. The current team record for completing the 9 Summits in SA is 4 days, 18 hours and 38 minutes.

In July 2017, four South Africans will attempt to set a new team record for the fastest time to complete the 9 Summits in South Africa. The team will comprise of the following people of Adrian Saffy: (Attorney by profession, Adventure racer by nature), Alex Harris (Professional mountaineer, adventurer and Seven Summits climber), Sean Disney (Professional mountaineer, adventurer and Seven Summits climber), and Tian Liebenberg  (Amateur mountaineer, aspirational Seven Summits climber and passionate member of the Volunteers24 team at Media24)… aka. the #CodeClimbers. Climb_to_Code_copy1.jpg

Not only are the four climbers attempting to set a new team record, their passion and focus can potentially provide an opportunity for learners to develop a relevant, specific, and crucial skillset through raising funds for Code4Change.

The climbers have created a crowdfunding campaign on www.backabuddy.co.za to raise R100,000 to bring coding to 3 schools in Gauteng and impact 350 learners with a fun, basic coding course, while encouraging the start of new coding clubs in these schools.

The climbers have dedicated their world record attempt to help Code4Change in their aim is to reach 500 schools and 300,000 learners by 2020. This is done through intensive, 3-week coding courses and a fun projects and competitions.

Programing can be used as a pre-emptive tool to eradicate poverty, on this foundation Code4Change was developed to change the lives of disadvantaged students.Brian Ndlovu.JPG

Code4Change was launched in 2009 and has since become a leading organisation, with a reputation for effective and innovative project implementation and design in the ICT skills sector. They are passionate young individuals who are dedicated to bridging the skills gap in the ICT job market.

They believe in awakening the latent potential of youth in disadvantaged communities through introducing them to the world of technology. From PC Basics to intermediate coding competitions and IT Technician workshops, these intensive, hands-on training programs are designed to empower and develop young people who are competent in ICT and able to use these skills to find purposeful employment and enhance the quality of their lives. Tumelo Merementsi.jpg

Coding has the ability to change lives and create jobs in disadvantaged communities. Unfortunately, those students who aspire to work in websign often don’t have the facilities and the means to make their dreams come true. Organisations such as CodeForChange are doing a tremendous job in bridging the coding Knowledge gap in South Africa and as a non-profit they need the necessary funding to change as many lives as they can. The

Support the #CodeClimbers in their record-breaking attempt at the 9 Summits for Code4Change here

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