Fifty-six teachers and students gathered on 30 September 2017 at the CERIDIAN training centre to attend an introductory course on MIT App Inventor organized by the UNESCO YouthMobile Initiative. The workshop was part of the activities organized on the occasion of the celebrations for the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (28 September) that took place in Mauritius.
Adopting an unusual format, the training targeted mixed groups of teachers and students, enabling teachers particularly to observe both the enthusiasm and rapidity of their pupils. A certified MIT App Inventor Master Trainer from Nigeria, Ms Evbi O’Sullivan, conducted the training, guiding the participants through the building of 3 different Apps. This training “gave a good outlook of what our students will face in their future. In our schools we deliver coding classes which are more traditional: here we’ve seen the future”, said one of the participating teachers, “Students are today naturally Apps oriented.”
The training was an opportunity to complement the efforts that Mauritius schools and voluntary trainers deployed to participate in the 2017 Africa Code Week, an initiative of SAP with the participation of UNESCO YouthMobile. This was particularly significant as the Patron of this year’s edition is H.E. Ms Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius.
This workshop was organized in close collaboration with and thanks to the support of the CERIDIAN Training Center in Quatre Bornes.
The 2017 Africa Code Week will run from 18 to 25 October, involving 35 African countries, with the objective of reaching at least 500 000 children and young girls and boys.
Africa Code Week is an initiative by SAP, the Cape Town Science Centre and the Galway Education Centre that received a number of awards, including the C4F award 2016 (category: ‘Education of the Future’) from the World Communications Forum in Davos.
The UNESCO YouthMobile initiative deploys and supports projects worldwide to promote the learning of digital technical skills and abilities among young women and men, the citizens of today and tomorrow.