Having a young population in the digital age is a remarkably valuable position for a continent to be in, but if that young group was able to code and program computers and the machines of the future, Africa would be able to write her own future.
Africa’s future lies in code
The importance of machines in the world’s future cannot be underestimated.
Predictions of wide-spread global industry disruption as a result of machine automation are everywhere. Much like the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, the digital machine age will transform our society in unimaginable ways in the next couple of decades. And very much as with history before it, the power in this time of radical change lies in the hands of the people who control and program those machines.
Technology has rewritten the perceived rules of capitalism. The old systems that the world is still trying to adapt to new digital paradigms, are dead. Understanding the language of technology is the key to hacking that old system, offering instead a new way to rewrite the game in our favour.
Understanding how to code gives a society the ability to shape the world, unlocked by knowing how to program the machines that run it.
There has never been a better opportunity than now for Africa to deleverage its reliance on mining natural resources and rather kindle its potentially prosperous future by teaching its children to code.
Coding should be a compulsory subject at all schools in Africa
Knowing how to just use technology and the programs created by others is not enough; that just makes you a passive participant in a revolution. Real empowerment comes from being the programmer of machines and writing the software which will be used by others.
Coding is the language of the digital age and like learning any language, the younger children start, the better. It’s not a particularly difficult language to learn, but financial resources do need to be dedicated to making it happen and national economic and educational agendas need to value and understand the opportunity.
Africa has the resources
The world needs programmers and Africa is home to nearly a billion young minds eager to learn and contribute. All that’s needed is the vision and a plan to equip Africans with the coding skills that will fast track the continent towards a sustainable future as a valuable contributor to the global economy.
A very positive step in the right direction is Africa Code Week, which takes place between 1 – 10 October 2015 in 16 African countries.
Africa Code Week [1 – 10 October 2015]