Microsoft Nigeria: 10,000 Youths Trained On Coding

In a bid to make computer science more
accessible to millions of youths around the
world, Microsoft Nigeria has trained over
10,000 Nigerian youths on Minecraft Hour of
Code Designer during the 2016 Computer
Science Education Week.

Hour of Code is an annual, global campaign
held during Computer Science Education
Week to enable beginner coders to create and
share their own simple ‘Minecraft’ game, and
is designed to empower anyone to begin
learning the problem-solving and critical
thinking skills required in today’s tech-fueled

During this year’s Hour of Code, Microsoft
worked with 126 non-profit organisations
and other partners, in addition to 17 of its
employees to hold several coding sessions in
19 states across all 6 geopolitical zones of

In the same vein, a ‘ready, set, code’
Hackathon was organised in Lagos Digital
Village to further excite and inspire young
people to realize they can solve problems
within a short time with the right tools at
their disposal.

Speaking on this year’s Hour of Code, Olusola
Amusan, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft
Nigeria, noted that out of over 10,000 trained,
about 8,237 students who had no idea of
coding before the sessions could understand
Minecraft and build games at the end of the

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