Back in September last year, WeThinkCode_, a South Africa-based innovative tech academy, announced a partnership with Africa 2.0 and Ecole 42 to train the next generation of world-class software engineers in South Africa.
The partnership has led to the selection of 120 students to take part in the two years programme – over 30,000 students applied.
The 120 students will be housed in WeThinkCode_’s newly launched campus in the Jo’burg CBD where they will learn relevant skills on their way to becoming kick-ass software engineers and digital problem solvers.
“We aim to equip students with the skills to become world-class digital problem solvers. And so we are pleased to reveal the most talented coders who partook in an intense selection process and have succeeded to become the first to experience our two-year peer-to-peer digital training,” said Camille Agon, co-founder of WeThinkCode_.
The students will be trained in a peer-to-peer problem-solving learning environment. They will work with fellow students to solve relevant problems set by corporates and the tech industry.
Thereafter, they will become interns at a top company, thereby gaining work experience while studying.
The programme is tuition-free. Classes commenced on May 9, 2016.
The programme is aimed at narrowing the educational gap by building an inclusive education environment that is accessible to all.
It is sponsored by FNB, BBD and Derivco, who raised R13 million to support the initiative, and 26 other companies.
“Workonline Communications is committed to contributing towards a healthy IT sector in South Africa, as well as the rest of the continent. Our investments into worthwhile local initiatives such as WeThinkCode and Cape Town Garage are an important aspect of this,” said Edward Lawrence, Director of Business Development at Workonline Communications.