December 19, 2016

“Our youngest girls coded different Christmas designs and gave the cards to their teachers"

A lovely Christmas scene by Martha, seven, from the Code Club in Kampala

Barbara Birungi

Founder of Women in Technology Uganda

Theirworld and Women in Technology Uganda launched a Girls’ Code Club in Kampala, Uganda, earlier this year - now the youngest students have programmed their own Christmas cards.

In many parts of the world, girls continue to be most disadvantaged when it comes to education. Girls’ education is threatened by conflict, natural disaster, gender inequality and poverty. 

In some countries groups are fighting to ban girls from education, while in others harmful practices are preventing girls from accessing schooling. 

Girls learn how to assemble a Kano computer kit at a Theirworld Code Club in Uganda

Women in Technology Uganda

For each year that a girl is deprived of education, she will likely make less money, marry earlier and live a shorter life.

On International Women’s Day 2016, Theirworld and Women in Technology Uganda launched a Girls’ Code Club in Kampala, Uganda, with the aim of inspiring the next generation of young girls to continue in their education and build skills for the future.  

The Code Clubs, for girls aged six to 25, teach girls coding and programming and enable them to develop their life skills and confidence. 

This month, the first group of girls graduated from the Code Clubs and the youngest girls aged six to 10 concluded their course by coding Christmas Cards using the Scratch programme. 

At the end of the course, the girls have to develop something to give back to their community. 

Our youngest group came up with the idea of creating Christmas cards using Scratch because it was one of the programmes they loved most. 

Girls at the Code Club's youngest class

The girls design their own Christmas cards using the Scratch programme

This is how Martha coded her snowman to move across the screen- the bells play We Wish you a Merry Christmas

An animated card coded by Aceng aged 10

And this shows the coding Aceng used to get her snowman to walk, change his clothes and say "Merry Christmas"

A tree and presents coded by six-year-old Racheal

Students look at their computer kits at the Code Club

They coded different Christmas designs and gave the cards to their teachers.

It is so important to introduce girls to technology at an early age. When a girl is able to put together a computer and the light comes on and it works, that is a moment that you can never take away from her. 

At that moment, she falls in love with technology.

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