Technology is reinventing the world prompting many technical organizations to provide free resources for children to succeed in the digital age. Despite this generosity African children still lag behind their peers because of a digital divide and other economic issues. Coding, the language of technology, is used to enable children's creativity and innovation. Every child deserves to be empowered with important life skills and we believe coding is a great way to do that.
Ghana Code Club (GCC) was birthed by Healthy Career Initiative to initiate code clubs in elementary schools, churches, community centers and libraries in Ghana. We expose young learners to the art of creative coding and software development. The problem is most centers currently operating code clubs lack adequate facilities to create an environment conducive to young learners to reach their full potential. Greater financial resources will help alleviate this issue.
GCC is soliciting funding for the first ever hackathon for kids in Ghana, the Phoenix Kids Hackathon. During the day 8-12 year old participants will create and showcase their computational skills in a meaningful way and share with the world online. They will also share creative ideas along the way. Free food and drinks will be provided to all participants and at the end of the hackathon prizes will be presented to the best teams.
Access to computer science skills enables deprived children - especially girls - to succeed at school and also to start a career early. This can help them to raise their families out of extreme poverty and transform their communities. This initiative will also have other impacts like reducing the digital skill shortage in Africa, raising awareness of the importance of digital skills for the future and reducing early marriages and teenage pregnancies.