Chicago non-profit hosts coding programme in Jamaica

Monday, July 24, 2017

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CHICAGO, United States — A Chicago-based non-profit organisation will be offering free coding, design and leadership camps for girls in Jamaica starting next month.

The organisation, Brave Initiatives, announced in a release today that it will expand the program to Jamaica with the first weeklong camp starting in Kingston on August 14.
Anna Bethune, a Kingstonian, said the Jamaica expansion is part of a global initiative to educate high school girls about the role technology plays in providing solutions to important social issues.

Brave Initiatives also focuses on diversifying the fields of computer science and technology, which are traditionally male-dominated.

“The needs in Jamaica are very different than they are in the US,” said Bethune.

“Computer science is something offered only at the schools that have access to computers and the Internet. There are many schools in Jamaica where these programs are not really explored because the resources just aren't available,” she added.

Bethune said Brave Initiatives is seeking to bridge Jamaica's conventional education system, which she said was more theoretical and academic, to something more competency and skill-based.

The organisation believes that when it comes to post-secondary education, there is a noticeable disparity between men and women.

Bethune admits that organising the camp has been “challenging”, because in Jamaica, there may only be “two or three women code coaches at the post-secondary leve

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