Womandla Coding Workshop Saturdays

Cape Town – We recently held the first Womandla Basic Coding Workshop at American Corner. The coding workshop was aimed at giving the attendees a basic introduction to coding in HTML and CSS.  

The attendees learnt the common HTML tags used to structure HTML pages, the skeleton of all websites. They also learnt many aspects of styling web pages, edit text and colors, images and creating attractive layouts.  The attendees created a miniature site applying the knowledge they learnt in the session.

We also had some inspirational facilitators sharing their stories on how they got into the world of coding. They attended to all questions and queries throughout the session.

They used real life examples to explain why things are done the way they are. “We use divs to put things into their own separate places like we keep pots and pans in the kitchen and clothes in the wardrobe in the bedroom. We can put them everywhere or anywhere but you would end up with a messy house.” This was one of the analogies that actually helped the attendees to better understand the coding process.

Womandla will be hosting more coding workshops starting next year on Saturdays, also with a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

Please fill in the Womandla Coding Workshop form if you would like to be a part of the program next year.

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Rumbi joins panelists as Industry Leader in IT

Our Head of STEM, Rumbi Maisva, has been chosen by Codespace, as of one the panelists in STEM for a coding and robotics camp. The camp will run  from 1 – 6 July,  at University of Cape Town for high school learners interested in these skills.

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As a woman in STEM, her insights will inspire students to confidently pursue a career within the tech industry.

At the camp, students will have the opportunity to:

– Work with innovative technologies, including Arduino Robotics and Sonic Pi.

– Learn about career opportunities from professionals in the industry.

– Meet and collaborate with like-minded individuals, while working towards solving real-world problems.

 Rumbi is a QA Automation Engineer at Global Kinetic, a fintech (financial technology) company and proud representative of Womandla!

Social Coding for Girls

Social Entrepreneur, Thembiso Magajana, shares her heartwarming journey of how “Social Coding for Girls” project started.

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My journey to becoming a Social Entrepreneur is not a very profound one. There are no heartfelt antidotes of how from a young age I knew I wanted to save the world or be a champion of the community. In fact, I grew up pretty self-absorbed, only concerned about my little bubble.

That was until my aunt had a baby and I soon became cousins with the most extraordinary little girl you have ever seen. Although technically my cousin, I referred to her as my niece because she was 16 years younger than me and I was fiercely overprotected over her. Anything she wanted, I got for her. And as fate would have it, When she turned six years old, what she wanted, was to become a computer engineer.

Now wait, let’s go back a few paces.

Firstly, I come from an accounting background. That’s about as far from Computer Engineering as Paris is from Timbuktu. And to be completely honest, the only thing I really knew about using computers was how to do an excel spreadsheet.

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Fast forward to the morning my “niece” turned six, and decided that she would be an engineer who would build the worlds next Facebook and her “aunt” who could barely tell the difference between the on and off button on a computer, (although to be fair, the same button works for both functions) would be her teacher.

So that’s what I set out to do. I spent sleepless nights researching, reading “Computer programming for Dummies” and watching Youtube tutorials. Soon I was teaching her, what the internet was teaching me.

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One Saturday, She arrived at our lesson with 3 other young girls. And that’s how Social Coding was born. With 4 six years old’s and one laptop.

Presently, we’re an organization of 185 girls, all of whom are being taught digital entrepreneurship through computer programming by a teach of dedicated Social Coding Volunteers. We are so set on ensuring that EVERY GIRL in South Africa has the opportunity to be exposed to Coding, that we even developed a special curriculum, where the girls are taught input and output programming using a blackboard, for workshops run in rural areas where girls may have never even seen or touched a Computer because it’s important for us to introduce technology to at a level that every girl can understand. Our Workshops not only teach young girls from as young as six how to be innovative creators, but how they can be leaders..conceptualists of community solutions because our mandate is “The sustainability of the creator and her community”. This organization is my life because I have seen it GIVE LIFE to others.

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So perhaps I didn’t set out to change the world.

But the World certainly changed me.

Molo Molo Simply Sybz

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein
Dr Sibongiseni Tunzelana alluded to this on her recent visit to Port Elizabeth, but not in so many words.

The School of ICT hosted the affluent Information Systems guru at it’s first Women in IT celebratory breakfast this past week. The vibrant speaker holds many titles such as dj, business analyst, business owner,sound engineer, mentor just to name a few. She suggested to be called “Simply Sybz” as if all those roles are effortlessly juggled. The irony!

As she was sharing her life story, it made me even more open to the world and goaded new thoughts of infinite possibility. What amazed me is how she juggles so many things, yet still remains humble and centered.

Her attention to detail and quality of excellence is what sets her apart from most speakers who happen to say cliche airy fairy things. The overly used “dream big” expression came to life and became so real and tangible as I heard her speak. She demonstrated  how a young girl like her, from the rural areas of the Eastern Cape, could be well traveled and basically have conquered the world.

I won’t lie, her techno-geek jargon, coding and programming gripes are the few things that flew over my head. Everyone in the room seemed to understand though what the usual IT struggles are. The lesson in it all though was to keep developing oneself and continue having a hunger to learn. Knowing that your best, might not be the best and in order to have a competitive advantage, one must be willing to work for it. Once you hit the number one small spot, opportunities find you rather than the other way around.

It seems I still have a loads of work to do. Truthfully, the work never stops.

“You cannot measure 1,3m and want to be a supermodel.”  was one of her favorite pull quotes.(To draw the parallel between what she kept saying and Albert Einstein.) You would be defeating yourself. The talk ended with a wonderful single of hers due out for release featuring PE’s Ifani and her cousin, Nathi. The  bouncy African infused track is called Molo Molo (Hello, hello in isiXhosa).

I’m glad she was so willing and enthused to visit the Bay. Simply Sybz is that exception of you can do it all, and live life on your own terms and doing everything you love. All is possible only if you continue to go back to the middle, and get centered. She spoke to every demographic and left us all motivated and energized.

The onus is now on me to dig up my vision board out and stick to what she said, “Your biggest success is in your heart”. Good gracious, I might have to dig up my heart too.. JOKES.

There is nothing orthodox about the way she does things, this might just be the recipe to her success.

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