Since its inception in 2014, Africa Teen Geeks has grown to become the largest computer science non-profit organisation in Africa. Through its strategic partnerships with the University of South Africa and the Department of Basic Education, our organisation has the key ingredients to be an influential organisation with strong social impact.
Africa Teen Geeks exists to eliminate the barriers faced by disadvantaged communities in pursuing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Only 5% of South African schools offer computer science with majority of them being in affluent schools leaving the poor majority of poor black African children out. The main reason beside the apartheid legacy is the lack of qualified IT teachers in black townships. Africa Teen Geeks is looking to change this by training high potential unemployed youth and placing them in poor schools to introduce computer science closing the opportunity gap where access to technology education for poor kids.
The highlight for us was when Africa Teen Geeks successfully hosted its first computer science week where we exposed 12,500 children from disadvantaged communities to computer science at UNISA labs across South Africa in 2015. 98% of those kids had never touched a computer before; by the end of the day they had written their first code. Some were already dreaming of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg. In 2020 we have been able to reach over 500 000 stakeholders through Zoom classes with over 470 000 recorded views on our YouTube page working with over 2 000 volunteers nationally. The impact continues to grow and we keep working diligently to provide a bright future to our geniuses who must not be held back by their realities or challenges; that is really why we are here.
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