THE TELKOM FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH NUNNOVATION TO EMPOWER THE YOUTH WITH CODING SKILLS

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This past week, Nunnovation joined hands with South Africa’s biggest telecommunications provider, Telkom, through the Telkom Foundation to launch a Winter School Programme that fosters coding skills to Grade 10 learners in two of Gauteng’s township schools, DA Mokoma in Mabopane and Orlando High School in Soweto.

The bootcamp took place at the Olifantsfontein Telkom Training Centre in Ekurhuleni from 8 to 15 July. The programme kicked off with 3 days of teaching critical thinking skills, where students were taught how to learn, analyse information and how to build their self-esteem. The aim here was to equip the learners with strategies and skills that they will need to think critically in order to cope with obstacles and challenges they may encounter.

The coding classes were presented by Geekulcha, a South African startup that focuses on empowering young geeks through ICT skills development and training while giving them a taste of what awaits them in the big world through industry exposure. Despite the fact that some of the students were computer illiterate, the dedicated facilitators from Geekulcha ensured that each of the learners received individual attention and support- making sure that each learner becomes a coder by the end of the camp.

The coding classes were presented by Geekulcha, a South African start-up that focuses on empowering youngsters through ICT skills development and training while giving them a taste of what awaits them in the big world through industry exposure. Despite the fact that some of the students were computer illiterate, the dedicated facilitators from Geekulcha ensured that each of the learners received individual attention and support – making sure that each learner became a coder by the end of the camp.

As South Africa’s leading provider of converged technology solutions, the Telkom Foundation is a natural extension of the mission to connect South Africans to a better life. The Telkom Foundation works to improve learners’ performance in maths, science, technology and English, subjects that are core to Telkom’s industry and also to South Africa’s sustained economic growth.

Speaking to Nunnovation about the bootcamp experience, Sharon Maluleke from Orlando High School had this to say, “I am very grateful to the Telkom Foundation and Nunnovation for this opportunity. I have always wanted to learn about coding but I never knew that I could be part of a team that creates an app. I have learnt so much during this camp and I’m thankful for it all.”
The students were also addressed by motivational speakers throughout the week, including Greed and Desire actress Keabetswe Mashugane, and entrepreneur and motivational speaker Alvero Mpofu, among others.

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