By: Palesa Bogoshi

This past week, Nunnovation Africa Foundation collaborated with Telkom Foundation to host the Coding Camp Programme Phase II. The initiative is a continuation of the previous Winter Coding Camp Programme, which fosters coding skills to Grade 10 learners from DA Mokome High School in Mabopane and Orlando High School in Soweto.

Like the previous camp, the learners arrived at Olifantsfontein Telkom Training Centre in Ekurhuleni on the Sunday afternoon of 4 December anticipating the events that would follow. This phase of the camp focused mainly on coding with the aim to develop live apps and websites created by the high school learners.

The coding classes, which commenced on Monday after welcome speeches from Telkom Foundation’s team, included advance content on HTML; CSS; Java Script and the various relevant softwares that the learners were trained to use. In groups of five, the learners created apps and/or websites which would assist their communities with social issues, namely, teenage pregnancy; drug abuse; and crime.

After a fun and educational week, the three teams presented their apps and websites to a panel of judges who judged them on the basis of content, design, business fundamentals, concept and viability. The camp had not only taught the learners coding skills but also teamwork abilities, time management skills, critical thinking skills and public speaking skills, creating well-rounded individuals who can positively contribute to their communities.

Over and above becoming brilliant coders, it was wonderful to see the learners’ overall progress in their academics and social skills. It was immensely rewarding to have students thanking us for giving them this opportunity, with one of them stating, “This programme has helped me make apps and websites, which is something people my age don’t usually do!”

The Telkom Foundation works to improve learners’ performance in mathematics, science, technology and English, subjects that are core to Telkom’s industry and also to South Africa’s sustained economic growth. With the company’s collaboration with Nunnovation, we had yet another successful programme for the youth.