Lindiwe Matlali, is the founder and CEO at Africa Teen Geeks tweeted a video this weekend of a robot her daughter made using lego and code
Lindiwe Matlali's initiative Africa Teen Geeks, is dedicated to inspiring Africa’s next generation of technology innovators by providing computer science training to youth in underserved communities.
Briefly.co.za came across her pinned tweet which was trending as more and more people shared it and impressed by how she was putting into practice the idea that charity begins at home.
In her tweet she shows her daughter's first robot built out of lego and controlled by the first code she had learned.
Matlali has devoting not only her career but also her life to this cause, the company has blossomed into one of Africa’s largest non-profit technology education organisations.
Matlali who lost her parents at an early age and was raised by her grandfather on a meagre pension has a unique insight into the lives of the children she works to help.
Matlali attributes many of the successes she has had in life to her humble beginnings. She feels it is important to share with people that she has risen to the top against all odds, to provide inspiration to all she encounters to do the same.
Reactions from others on twitter provided links to coding courses and suggestions to of programmes to enrol in.
It is widely beginning to be understood that as the world changes and technology becomes more and more a part of our everyday lives, skills needed will be those in the STEM fields.
STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, describes the fields which in which until recently women, specifically African women, were under represented.
Popular culture is increasingly providing young girls with positive role models such as Shuri, younger sister of Wakanda's Black Panther from the Marvel Cinematic universe.
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