8 August 2018 – SANDTON – iSchoolAfrica, an education initiative that reaches schools across South Africa in rural and township settings, is proud to announce that it is in partnership with Think Ahead and the Tshepiso Mokoena Foundation, teaching 10 deaf high school girls to code. This is the first programme in the #DeafGirlsCode initiative, with the aim to roll the programme out to many more deaf girls across the country.
Over the course of 6 weeks, the Dominican School for the Deaf in Hammanskraal is hosting an iSchoolAfrica facilitator as they teach the girls how to code using Apple’s coding language, Swift.
Swift is used in over 250,000 apps on the Apple App Store and by many of the top brands in the world. In each of the two-hour sessions – every Tuesday and Wednesday – the girls will be exposed to “Learn to Code 1” that explores the fundamentals of code by getting students to work through rich puzzles on the Swift Playgrounds app.
Michelle Lissoos, Director at iSchoolAfrica, commented, “This is ground-breaking training in the technology sphere let alone our country. Through the universal language of computing we are excited for our DeafGirlsCode programme participants to fulfil the opportunities awaiting them.”
She continues, “Technology and computational thinking skills can break down the barriers that have prevented deaf people in the past from succeeding in our economy. In order to fill this disparity, we believe that by incorporating coding into deaf education, we can take our programme participants to a new level of economic participation.”
iSchool Africa aims to give all South African students access to an opportunity to acquire 21st century skills, and to find their passion to excel in today’s world.