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South Africa’s software economy To grow by Youth Empowerment

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youth empowermentComputer science remains one of the most exciting, transformative and lucrative careers for the youth to embark upon.

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Computer science remains one of the most exciting, transformative and lucrative careers for the youth to embark upon, but is still underrepresented in terms of race and female developers. Code.org is an NGO on a mission to change this through their annual global campaign entitled Hour of Code, through which the company partners with organisations around the globe in an effort to expand access to computer science to women and underrepresented minorities.

Microsoft has partnered with Code.org to inspire young people around the globe to take up computer science through learning how to code. Within South Africa, this was achieved through 50 training sessions taking place across South Africa today in places like Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Through these sessions, Microsoft aimed to reach at least 50 High school and University students, graduates, teachers and parents at every session.

Zoaib Hoosen, Managing Director of Microsoft SA, attended an interactive Hour of Code session with pupils from Blairgowrie Primary School in Randburg. During this session, learners utilised a new tutorial called Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, which was released last month.

 “We are partnering with Code.org again this year to make computer science more accessible to thousands of youth from all around South Africa through Hour of Code and Minecraft,” said Hoosen.

Adding that, “I am inspired by the ‘Minecraft’ generation who view themselves not as players of a game, but as creators of the new worlds they dream up. This is the generation that will imagine, build and create the country’s future, by developing the apps and services we are going to use and starting their own businesses that will employ us in future. Through this amazing initiative, we can equip these learners with the computational thinking and problem-solving skills to seize the opportunities ahead.”

The new web-based tutorial — available for free at http://code.org/minecraft — enables beginner coders to create and share their own simple “Minecraft” game, and is designed to empower anyone to begin learning the problem-solving and critical thinking skills required in today’s tech-fuelled world.

“Minecraft is a special game that appeals to a diverse global community, making it the perfect vehicle through which to teach learners of all backgrounds and skill levels to code. By programming familiar game events themselves, learners will be able to experience computer science in a way that is authentic as well as fun. Furthermore, these open-ended challenges also help show them that our favourite games are ultimately created with code themselves, helping to spark a career in computer science and app development.”

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US inauguration: How to watch the inauguration and parade

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Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris will be sworn in as the President and Vice of the United States of America respectively. They will be along with their spouses, Jill Biden and Douglas Emhoff. They will conduct a review of the military and visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. They will be joined by three former presidents and their wives, who will also be present at the swearing-in: Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Watch the live coverage below:

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Planning to Study in the US? Attend the EducationUSA Virtual College Fair.

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The EducationUSA Virtual College Fair starts today…

Have you registered?

Even without registration, you can participate in the College Fair. The program begins today for Graduates from 1-5pm Nigerian time, Thursday, November 19, 2020.

There are 92 accredited universities waiting to meet with you. This is your opportunity to explore the various study and funding opportunities available to graduate students at institutions across the U.S.

To participate in the ONLINE fair visit http://bit.ly/AfricaFair2020.

Watch this short video on how to navigate the website and participate in the fair https://fb.watch/1QCdl4Cb9q/

Tips on how to make the most of the virtual college fair experience

  1. Check Out the Universities– See the list of colleges that will be participating at the virtual fair https://sites.google.com/educationusa.org/africafair2020/home/graduate-fair?authuser=0. Click around to find out what they say about themselves.
  2. Show Your Best Self and Ask Questions– Make a good impression. College representatives love meeting students. Think about how you will introduce yourself and what you want to say, especially about where you’re from and what you hope to find in a college. The virtual fair is for you so do not be afraid to ask questions.
  3. Follow up– Did you meet a University rep who had great things to say? Make note of their name and contact and follow up.

For more info about EducationUSA Lagos follow them on their handles:

Enjoy the fair!

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Get Financial assistance through the Bold.org Scholarship for US Universities

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Tuition waivers or scholarships are financial assistance incentives intended to help students pay for an undergraduate or graduate degree. A scholarship is only just a one-time test. Other school scholarships are annual and provide money per semester or school year for the students. These grants are special from student loans because they don’t have to be paid back.

Students will earn the money in their name directly as verification. In other instances, the money is donated to the school for the student. The student would then pay the school in those cases for the difference on any money owed for tuition , fees, room , and board. If the scholarships and other forms of financial aid are adequate to cover the direct costs of education, the applicant may be refunded the excess money.

About Bold.org

Bold.org is a Scholarship website established in 2019. The platform’s concept is simple: corporations, charities, and even individuals can build a personalized scholarship, internship, or student grant opportunity. Such programs could be targeted at helping a range of high-potential individuals with a wide array of interests, talents, and backgrounds.

The kind of Scholarship in Bold.org

Bold.org scholarships tend to be very precise, which is a very positive thing for students. There are scholarships for students who love reading, Native American youth scholarships and scholarships for students who want to have a major in philosophy.

Like several other sources of scholarships, the programs aim to help a wide variety of education levels from high school students to medical students! Below are some of the best scholarships we profiled at Bold.org:

  1. Minority Women in STEM Bi-Annual Scholarship
  2. One Move Ahead Chess Scholarship
  3. High School Social Leaders Scholarship
  4. The “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship
  5. Bold.org No-Essay Community Scholarship
  6. Recent Immigrant Scholarship
  7. Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

How do I get signed up?

You can get signed up for free on the Bold.org website. Signing up is easy should only take five minutes or so.

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