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City libraries place in the top 10 at Mandela World Coding Championship<p>The three City libraries represented South Africa with pride at the event on 5 December, which was also the 10th anniversary of Madiba’s passing. <br></p><p>Belhar, Ocean View and Valhalla Park’s library teams competed against 55 teams from 21 countries in the virtual competition. <br></p><p>The atmosphere at the libraries was electric and the teams were fired up, supported by the coaches, library staff and members of the public. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/coding%201.jpg" alt="" style="width:1348px;" /></figure> <p>​​Ocean View scooped third place, while Belhar and Valhalla Park placed sixth and eighth place respectively.<br></p><p>‘What makes this achievement more amazing, is that the teams have only been coding for a few short months. They have done the City proud and we are impressed by their analytical and problem-solving skills. They’ve done well and I want to encourage more young people to join the coding clubs at participating libraries,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.<br></p><p>The unplugged coding initiative was spearheaded at City libraries through a small team led by Randal Rousseau, a librarian at Bonteheuwel Library.<br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/coding%202.jpg" alt="" style="width:2052px;" /></figure> <p>​​​​The dedicated staff at the individual libraries, notably Ulfah Davids from Ocean View Library and Shadwell Overmeyer from Valhalla Park Library, coached their teams tirelessly, ensuring that three of the five South African teams came from City of Cape Town libraries.</p><p>The library teams were part of a South African contingent and went up against teams from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ireland, Germany and the United States.<br></p><p> <img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Coding%203.jpg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> <br> <br>​​The award-winning tangible coding movement is an engagement project of the Nelson Mandela University Computing Sciences Department and the Leva Foundation. <br></p><p>Tangible Africa is responsible for creating coding applications, TANKS and RANGERS, which allow participants to play offline, using minimal resources.  <br></p><p>Unplugged coding allows libraries to bring coding to communities who do not have access to expensive resources.  <span></span></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/Coding%204.jpg" alt="" style="width:1274px;" /></figure><p>​​​​By downloading a very small app (7MB), participants can play TANKS or RANGERS offline, using the app and the tokens from the game packs.</p><p>To find out more about coding in your region, contact <a href="mailto:info@levafoundation.org">info@levafoundation.org</a>.<br></p><p> <strong>Caption 1:</strong> Ocean View Library’s team gearing up to represent SA at the World Championship. From left are Meah Jacobs, Orlando Baker, Aqeelah Abrahams, Aaron Smith and Grace Frank.<br></p><p> <strong>Caption 2: </strong>Ocean View Library’s team eagerly awaiting the results with coach, assistant librarian Ulfah Davids. From left are Meah Jacobs, Orlando Baker, Grace Frank, Aaron Smith, Aqeelah Abrahams and coach Davids.<br></p><p> <strong>Caption 3:</strong> Valhalla Park Library’s team are from left Muneer Arnold, Junaid Hendricks, Aden Petersen and coach, assistant librarian Shadwell Overmeyer.<br></p><p> <strong>Caption 4: </strong>Belhar Library’s team with coach Ricardo Antha in front, one of the parents. At the back from left are Aidan Nissen, Chloe Valentine, Jordan Leaner, Keziah Antha, and James Adams.<br></p><div> <br> </div><p> <strong>End</strong><br></p><p> <br> </p>2023-12-09T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#1f61ec30-8889-4114-8411-a3ee8477bc1b;L0|#01f61ec30-8889-4114-8411-a3ee8477bc1b|Libraries;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#191a2d47-1e5a-47ac-83e1-d2c39020ed75;L0|#0191a2d47-1e5a-47ac-83e1-d2c39020ed75|Valhalla Park;GP0|#6cb38735-cd3a-4227-b28c-9617ffeb8c74;L0|#06cb38735-cd3a-4227-b28c-9617ffeb8c74|Belhar;GP0|#5341bc06-2a14-4530-ae04-dbbf8a1994f0;L0|#05341bc06-2a14-4530-ae04-dbbf8a1994f0|Ocean View10

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