Africa Teen Geeks show off coding skills at #Hack4Justice event

he is the founder of Africa Teen Geeks, a Non-governmental Organisation that teaches children how to use software coding successfully. “We have children from disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as those who do not have access to this training at their school. They attend class every Saturday from 8.30am to 1.30pm at Unisa’s Florida campus,”she said.

The training is open to anyone, and they have children from as young as five attending the classes where they are taught the basics of software coding. “We are partnered with Oracle Academy which enables us to offer the learners that are 16 and older the opportunity to obtain their Java certification. We use these classes to prepare them for the Java exams, which are internationally recognised,” she said.

Three of the learners – Neo Radebe (13), Layla Khumalo (13) and Abraham Tsiri (17) – were chosen as the winning team during the recent #Hack4Justice event, a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Education For Justice event.

The event was held over two days at the Unisa Florida campus, and participants had to battle it out at the keyboard and develop educational games focused on justice and rule of law issues.

All three of them were in agreement that they were excited – but also nervous – about participating in the competition. “We did not have any time before the event to work on ideas, we had to come up with an idea, and the completed app during the two days. It was a bit stressful. But we were happy to have won,” Layla said with a big smile.

Lindiwe Matlali, the founder of Africa Teen Geeks. Photos: Adéle Bloem

The group developed a mobile app called Justice Quiz, where users had to choose answers on either abuse or corruption, scoring points for each correct response.

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