Human & Social Technology & Computer Science

Free coding program targeting under-priveleged youth to launch in SA

born to codeA French non-profit program which offers free coding internships and incubation for young people will be making its way to South Africa to help equip under-privileged youths with the skills needed to enter the working world.

The brainchild of South African IT entrepreneurs, Justinus Adriaanse and Yossi Hasson, founder of the Breteau Foundation, Camille Agon and former investment banker, Arlene Mulder, WeThinkCode_ currently runs 42 training facilities in France and churns out around 1 000 skilled youths each year.

WeThinkCode_  partnered with France-based Ecole 42 and will arrive on our shores in March 2016. The founders explained that they are working on partnering with a number of companies to help sponsor and train 100 students for R50 000 per students each year, over two years.

By 2017, the program aims to start producing the same number of professionals as with the original French edition.

No fees or registration are required to join the program

“The real revolution lies in our selection criteria that enable us to tap into the pool of underserved youth to source Africa’s next generation of coding talent,” Agon said.

Participants will spend their first year at the WeThinkCode_ incubator as interns for one of the program’s sponsor companies.

Applications for WeThinkCode are already open on its website. You don’t need any formal qualification or a matric to apply.

Successful candidates will be apparently be invited to take part in a month-long bootcamp where they’ll have to solve a range of coding problems and then go on to start the official course.

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