For the past two years, Nigeria's Co-Creation Hub has run Summer of Code, a holiday programme to introduce young people aged 5-18 years to computer programming, during the longest holiday on the academic calendar.
After running the programme in Lagos for 2 consecutive years, this year the programme expands to 4 new cities in Nigeria - Abuja, Enugu, Osun and Oyo, in addition to Lagos.
It's an interesting way to get kids interested in computers and coding during their holiday break.
The intensive 4-week holiday programme aims to teach kids about coding using Raspberry Pi, building games, animations using Scratch and designing web pages using HTML and CSS. More importantly, CcHub Nigeria aims to encourage children to imbibe problem-solving attitudes through project management.
The 4-week programme peaks on Demo Day where students proudly show off projects they’ve built to their parents, peers and invited guests.
Co-Creation Hub has partnered with other innovation hubs to make this holiday initiative available to children in other states in Nigeria. Summer of Code 2016 will be running at iBridge Hub in Oyo State, Osun State University, StartupHub in Enugu state and the re:learn centre at Wuse 2.
Coding has become an important foundation for digital literacy around the world. Therefore, it is imperative that children are the earliest adopters of this skill.
Unfortunately, an overwhelming amount of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria have not included coding to their curricula. This is why an initiative such as Summer of Code is highly welcomed by Nigerians who are aware that most jobs will be automated in years to come.
It's better to be prepared than be sorry.
Program Details for Lagos
Start Date: August 1 – 27, 2016 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)
Venue: CcHUB MXLab, Ground Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba
Time: 10:00 P.M – 3:00 P.M (GMT)
Cover Photo via CcHub