How focusing on where had in-house excellence and partnering for the platform development, the organization was able to keep expanding and simultaneously build an impressive and versatile on-brand learning platform.

How we got here

CodeJIKA’s mission is to empower teens in Africa with digital entrepreneurship and coding skills. After building a club model and designing an offline web-development curriculum that can be used anywhere, completely for free, the  organization turned to the next big challeng – Finding a way to teach the millions of learners who would have access to mobile phones but no other devices.
Building in-house

After creating and running successful prototypes that attracted users and confirmed the need for the model, the team set about to build a sustainable platform. After a number of challenges and set backs it became apparent that:

A. Building software was not an expertise that the organization had in-house.

B. Was seriously distracting from the many other very impactful activities the team was good at, such as, awareness, policy, events, teacher training and community-building.

Partnership & progress

To solve this problem a partnership was established with CodeTribe to help customize and build the platform for the needs of African youth. As a founding partner, the entire platform was built around this mandate.

In 2022, this enabled the CodeJIKA team to re-double their efforts on core program expansion and built new teams, impact and communities in 8 countries throughout Africa. Impacting hundreds of schools and training tens of thousands of learners both on- and offline.

Next steps

The next technical goal in the partnership is to add multi-lingual capabilities to both the GUI (interface) and the lesson content. This will able expanded access to both Arabic and French speaking countries on the continent.

Off-platform, the organization is pushing to build a new form of CS Teacher eco-system to accelerate the nascent skills in teachers and to support this with fun and localized teacher training programs. 


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