Code Sasa! ("Code Now!")
A Technology and Start-up Venture Academy
Code Sasa! will teach coding skills to young East Africans for employment opportunities and mentor entrepreneurs starting new ventures.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Young people in East Africa do not lack talent, but many lack the opportunity to gain skills that allow them to compete for well-paying jobs in today’s economy. Tanzania remains primarily an agricultural society that has not yet experienced the technology revolution which has spurred economic development in other countries. Tanzania has a growing youth population, but the employment opportunities remain limited. In rural areas, many may be limited to agricultural jobs on small farms like their parents. Even in thriving urban areas of East Africa, well-paying jobs require skills that are not being taught in schools. There is a skills gap among youth, and Code Sasa! will provide much needed modern technical skills to a new generation of East African youth to help drive economic development. Part of the issue for small businesses is finding employees with the needed technical skills. Code Sasa! graduates will possess the skills to fill those needs.
The needs of small and medium businesses vary from the basic, such as transitioning from paper to electronic accounting systems to others such as website design. Still others include the unique opportunities offered by mobile devices including e-commerce and mobile banking. Mobile platforms are especially important in East Africa where cell phones are the most common way to access the internet. Because of our focus, we will tailor the Code Sasa! technical curricula and entrepreneurship training to the needs of small businesses.
Young East African women and men who learn computer coding skills will benefit by gaining access to jobs in small and medium sized businesses which require 21st Century technical skills and services.
This is the computer lab at Tumaini Secondary School in Makuyuni, Tanzania. Students like these and other young people are the ones Code Sasa! is targeting.
Small businesses will benefit from technically savvy workers bringing new skills.
Entrepreneurs with a passion to start a new technology venture will benefit from the mentorship of Code Sasa! technologists and entrepreneurs.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU
Tanzania Education Corps has been working in primary and secondary education in Tanzania since 2008. TEC founders include US serial entrepreneurs with experience from Silicon Valley, Stanford University and Harvard Medical School. TEC’s Tanzania staff are based in Karatu, Tanzania and Boston, USA.
Frank Lee, a TEC co-founder, entrepreneur, technologist, educator. Frank is leading the Code Sasa! initiative at TEC.
WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?
EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)
Yes, for more than one year.
EXPERTISE IN SECTOR
I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for over a year
Whiteboarding a concept with the team.