UN Goalkeeper on Innovation and tech entrepreneur, Lady Marieme Jamme visited The Learning Foundry this morning as part of a mission to promote coding skills for young people as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the #IAMTHECODE initiative, she attended to hold interactive workshops with young people aged 16-24 to promote coding clubs and digital readers.
“Technology has no age, no gender, no class”, Lady Marieme told learners about the opportunities coding could give them. “You can be whatever you want to be. You can code your own life. You are the code”, she went on to add.
She then went on to discuss opportunities at The Learning Foundry. “To be successful you need content, infrastructure and connectivity. This place is giving you everything”, she said, “you can build the solutions to Liverpool's problems right here in this room.”
Joanne Abraham, Managing Director at The Learning Foundry, said “This is such a good opportunity to introduce #IAMTHECODE to learners in the Liverpool City Region. Coding is a vital skill for many sectors, and The Learning Foundry is committed to introducing exciting new career opportunities to young people so they can level up and become the next generation of leaders”.
Lady Marieme Jamme is an award-winning technologist and pioneer in system change. The first black woman to become a UN Goalkeeper on Innovation, she sits on two global councils at the World Economic Forum and has worked with leaders worldwide to enhance opportunities for disadvantaged people.
The visit is part of a partnership between Liverpool City Council and #IAMTHECODE to launch Read Write Code, an initiative that will provide computers for young people to learn about coding in schools and communities. Lady Marieme will visit educational providers across Liverpool during her stay, including:
- The Learning Foundry
- University of Liverpool
- Cardinal Heenan
- Childwall Valley Primary School
- St Francis of Assisi
- Fire Fit Toxteth
#IAMTHECODE is the first African-led global movement to mobilize governments, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, investors and civil society to advance STEAMED (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, Entrepreneurship, and Design) education. It is recognised by the United Nations and its goal is to mobilise groups to invest in future technologies that can drive sustainable development for women and girls in marginalised communities. To find out more about #IAMTHECODE, visit https://www.iamthecode.org/