In commemoration of the 2021 Africa Code Week (ACW) across the continent, the Liberian chapter of the ACW has concluded a day-long Train the Trainers (TTT) session on the importance of teachers acquiring knowledge in digital learning and curriculum.
According to the ACW-Liberia, the Africa Code Week is an initiative geared towards sustainable growth in Africa by changing the stories of hundreds of schools, teachers, governments, and not-for-profit institutions to bridge the digital and gender skills gap on the continent.
The exercise brought together forty (40) teachers, both males, and females from more than 15 schools. Participants received certificates at the end of the training.
Serving as one of the facilitators, Africa Code Week Ambassador Peterking Quaye said the goal is to empower the younger generation by providing them with teaching and coding skills.
According to him, since 2015 thru the System Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP) ACW has offered free opportunities for young Africans to learn coding skills and for teachers to be trained on digital learning curriculum.
He said with the level of interest emerging from the teachers as well as the general feedback received so far from participants during the various sessions, the Liberian Chapter has taken into consideration the different views in order to improve on future sessions.
The ACW ambassador noted that some recommendations received from students who participated in the training are that most schools lack functional computer labs for their students and teachers.
Accordingly, the lack of computer labs at various institutions of learning in the country is a very serious setback to the improvement of the initiative which is being sponsored by SAP and other partners.
One of the recommendations indicated that in order to solve some of those problems, schools should lobby with partners to get them the needed equipment to set up functional ICT Labs that will serve as the central venue for all Africa Code Week workshops in the country.
In a related development, the Liberia edition of the annual Africa Code Week -Code Challenge 2021 targeted deeper awareness on coding education and code challenge projects for students with over 800 students and about 40 teachers from primary schools and universities benefiting.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/govt-enlists-over-850-voluntary-teachers-on-payroll-increases-pay-of-600-others/