Information Resource Center Unlocks the Code

Instructor Richard Folly helps a participant
Instructor Richard Folly helps a participant write computer code during the Introduction to Coding workshop held at the IRC July 20

U.S. Embassy Togo’s Information Resource Center organized a workshop titled “Introduction to Coding” for 30 underprivileged teenage girls on July 20, 2016. The workshop, the first in a series, was designed to give the participants a basic understanding of computer coding. Coding, or programming, is a way of writing instructions for computers that bridges the gap between human language and how computers actually work. Modern technology, such as websites and smartphones, is based on code. Participants in the workshop learned how to write basic code scripts. At the close of the workshop, one of the participants proudly showed how she was able to write in HTML script, “I am a young leader!” The workshop was organized by a local IT consultant named Richard Folly, with participation of Maison des Jeunes TV5 Monde. The workshop was part of the Embassy’s continuing efforts to empower young women and provide youth with tools to increase entrepreneurship in Togo.

Instructor Richard Folly helps a participant write computer code
Instructor Richard Folly helps a participant write computer code during the Introduction to Coding workshop held at the IRC July 20