SOUTH AFRICA LAUNCHES GIRL GEEKS PROGRAMME

JOHANNESBURG-- A South African foundation has launched the Girl Geek campaign to encourage young girls from disadvantaged communities to be involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The campaign, launched in Johannesburg Monday, is run by the Ikusasa LeAfrica Foundation (ILAF) and Africa Teen Geek who have partnered to inspire children to get involved in technology by teaching them computer science and programming.

This year, the partnership will focus on recruiting young girls into the programme, under the Girl Geek campaign.

Information Technology is at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and encouraging our children to embrace technology at a young age is a step closer to solving most of our developmental problems, said Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Zweli Mkhize.

As part of the programme, children learn about robotics, websites, video games and other technologies which culminate in individual projects where they build their own products to solve societal problems.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK