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How a Cape Town charity is helping grow the digital skills of young women in Africa

This Women’s Day we’re shining the spotlight on CodeSpace’s Tech Leaders scholarship programme that funds and supports young women to study at an undergraduate level in the field of IT.

CodeSpace is addressing the gender, racial and socio-economic divide in the tech industry

There is a real shift in the understanding of the value of coding as a key tool to tackle some of South Africa’s biggest challenges.

Six years ago, the invitation for young women to attend coding classes would need to be framed in an entirely different way – "become leaders" or "learn about technology." Today she finds that most young people and their parents are enthused about the notion of learning to code.

Not only does CodeSpace allow young women to excel in career paths, but it also helps them gain the skills "to be even more powerful" and build real value in society.

CodeSpace is helping the youth of Cape Town to learn the skills needed to excel in technology careers.

Tech Leaders Scholarship Programme

Majority of the young women supported by the Tech Leaders scholarship programme were members of the organisation’s Code for Cape Town programme when they were in high school. The extramural coding programme for high school girls taught them coding skills and nurtured their interest in technology. As they navigated critical career choices, the programme allowed them to experience that coding is achievable, creative and powerful, avoiding girls self-deselecting from Computer Science fields on the assumption that it’s ‘not for me’.

Having learnt to code in high school already, these young women are prepared for success as they enter tertiary studies. 

You can invest your BBBEE Skills Development contribution in CodeSpace’s Tech Leaders. Contact techleaders@codespace.co.za to book a consultation to understand how you can maximise your Skills Dev spend.  


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