Finland’s 100th Anniversary: ‘CodeBus Africa’ To Arrive Abuja Next Week

By Victor Ernest with agency report

As part of activities marking Finland’s 100th independence anniversary, the Finnish Embassy in Nigeria and the Aalto University of Finland, would next week host the “CodeBus Africa” Project in Abuja.

The Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the “CodeBus Africa” from Finland, would move through Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa.

According to her, the project is sponsored by NOKIA, and is a part of Finland’s celebration of her 100th independence anniversary in ten African countries from February to May, starting from Nigeria.

The Ambassador stated that the project will promote cooperation between Finnish and Nigerian innovators and businesses, as well as facilitate dialogue among the youth and young professionals.

She also disclosed that the project is aimed at partnering with local technology hubs in building the capacity of programme instructors, increase familiarity and confidence with technology among the young.

“In each workshop, up to 40 children and youngsters will be trained to code their own piece of music,” she added.

She further stated that the project, with instructors from Aalto University and local partners in Africa, would be training 50 new coding instructors for Finland and Africa.

The programmes lined up for the project in Abuja will hold from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24, before moving to other African countries.

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