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Ekasi Code Club: Tackling unemployment by teaching youth to code

Written by: Megan Ellis

One of the best ways to tackle unemployment is to equip people with skills that are in high demand – and in an increasingly technological world, one of the most sought-after skills is the ability to code.

This is why the Ekasi Code Club aims to tackle unemployment by teaching jobless youth entrepreneurship and coding skills.

"We teach unemployed youth between 18 and 35 how to code. We impart entrepreneurship skills on them and turn today's hopeless into tomorrow's greatest."

Ekasi Code Club

The club was founded by Lebo Miya, after he found himself without a Matric qualification and few job prospects. However, he taught himself how to code at the age of 17 and made it his mission to share these skills with others. By 19, he was the owner of his own company, sharing his story in a TED Talk at TEDxYouth Cape Town.

The Ekasi Code Club offers a 12-week course in basic front-end development skills to unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 35. After the course is completed, the youth are placed in internships to gain experience.

Miya's company has trained over 2000 students so far and intends to continue this work. Ekasi Code Club also has partnerships with local software development companies that provide mentorships for students and train them to become senior-level employees.

Find out more about the initiative in the interview below:

To get in touch and find out more, visit the Ekasi Code Club website and Facebook page.




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