About Us

About the movement

The #iamtheCODE is a pivotal movement to mobilise governments, business and investors to support young women in STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design),  through learning how to code, creative learning and cracking problems.

In Africa, young girls growing up in slums or the worst parts of the continent are often forgotten and have zero chance to find a sense of creative direction.

With over 65 Million girls being denied access to basic education, a new bold vision on girl’s education is imperative if we want to create the next digital leaders.

The evidence shows that if we do not break down barriers and help move girls in the technology industry forward through inclusion, we will be creating layers of citizenship and a digital divide in our society.

“Not having the chance to attend school at an early age and to have an opportunity to a formative education made me start this movement. I believe strongly that we need to help correct the failure of policy makers by investing in girls and women through creative learning and technology”

Mariéme Jamme, Founder of #iamtheCODE

What is unique about this movement?

#iamtheCODE is a movement of direct action for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to improve economic outcomes for girls. If Africa wants to be part of the Global Digital Revolution, we must invest in our young women and their future. We believe Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design (STEAMD) will play a great role in the measurement of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goals 4, 5, 8 and 9 which are Education, Gender Equality and Innovation to assure that No One is left behind.

#iamtheCODE will harness a proven methodology to work with governments, business and investors to support young women break the code, find work and become digital leaders.

"I view the #iamtheCODE movement as a direct action for the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to improve economic outcome for girls and a CODE that will help join the dots between businesses, governments and investors."

Mariéme Jamme, Founder of #iamtheCODE

The aim

The aim of #iamtheCODE is to support women and girls discover their own identity and fingerprint through learning how to code, creative learning and cracking problems through STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design.)

We will provide them with necessary resources and tools to become world class digital leaders.

Methodology

#iamtheCode will provide a comprehensive approach that integrates within the ecosystem of organisations working to empower young girls in Africa. The movement aims to reach more than 1 Million girls by 2030, training and mentoring hundreds of girls per year. We will mobilise undergraduate students, and bring marginalised girls into existing technology hubs where they can learn how to code with our partner Codecademy. We will also offer them leadership training through the Mara Foundation.

#iamtheCode has the methodology and resources to create the impact on vulnerable communities. The overall success of #iamtheCODE will be measured through numbers of girls and young women empowered, and job opportunities created.

By 2030, the #iamtheCODE movement will ensure that 1 Million girls have equal access to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university and linked to employability. We will create the next generation of women digital leaders in Africa.

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#iamtheCODE (Break the code)