Coding Their Way to Inclusion
Djenebou and Gnagne Daniel, are Special Olympics Youth Leaders from Cote d’Ivoire and are excited to lead a Youth Innovation Project to organize a Special Olympics coding training in their country. They hope that their coding project will expose people with and without disabilities “to basic components of computers and teach them how to assemble/dissemble these components.”
Djenebou and Gnagne Daniel are excited that their project participants “will learn basic coding for apps creation” through hands-on sessions. Not only will the youth with and without intellectual disabilities learn the valuable skill of computer programming, but they will gain the opportunity to enhance their own personal creativities as well.
Beyond benefitting the youth involved in the project themselves, this Youth Innovation Project project will also encourage inclusion in Cote d’Ivoire. Djenebou and Gnagne Daniel explain are excited that “this activity will bring together Young Apps developers and computer technicians who will be leading sessions for student with and without disabilities.” This aspect of the Innovation Grant project will help Djenebou and Gnagne Daniel reach one of their many goals: to “develop teamwork and inclusion.”
At the conclusion of the project period, the group of students with and without intellectual disabilities will be developing an application that will help monitor the performance of Special Olympics athletes. Using the skills they have learned throughout the course of their coding training, these youth will be able to benefit a much larger population!
The Youth Activation Coordinator of Francophone countries in the Special Olympics Africa Region, Kamil Kouakou, has taken an active role in mentoring all of the Youth Innovation Project leaders from Cote d’Ivoire. He says that he and his youth recipients “aim at making the Special Olympics community known in Adidjan and in Cote d’Ivoire.” And Djenebou and Gnagne Daniel hope to do exactly that with their coding project.