The ripples of the success of Pycon Ghana, 2018 continues to propagate all around the country. This blog chronicles the success story of one enthusiast, Ms. Goodness Nwokocha, a 3rd year student at the Catholic University College Ghana who took upon herself to make a difference by introducing the Python Programming to her faculty.
On the 5th of October, 2018. The Python Software Community (Python Ghana) chair Mr. Aaron Yankey made an august visit to the faculty of Computer Science at the University, where he met with the dean and faculty members of the university. In his speech titled, "the developer's mindset", he made a call to action by siting the concerns raised by the World Economic Forum Report on the, "Future of Jobs". The report detailed the changes many jobs would face by the year 2022, and he alarmed on the transition to the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The chair also made an appeal to the students to equip themselves state-of-the-art skills and technologies that would poise them for their dream careers. He also emphasized the need to be prepared for the 4th Industrial Revolution stating that, "...Africans are yet to be fully grasp the first industrial revolution".
The event also featured a demonstration of the ease and power of the Python Programming language.. Python's ease of use was compared with other languages such as C and C++.
The ceremony was climaxed by a speech from a computer science faculty member, Rev. Fransis Philip Amankwa, who echoed the need for students to embark of self-development and more critically, to be able to transfer the skills they have acquired from other programming languages, to enhance their skills in Python programming.
The chair was assured that going forward, Python would be taught as a course to computer students and will likely spread to other departments.
With several initiatives such as PyKids-Ghana, PyClub-Ghana, PyData-Ghana, PyLadies-Ghana, and lots more, the Python Software community in Ghana is rapidly growing from just a few enthusiasts and hobbyist, to a more professional and formal audience. This we hope will bubble all the way up to parliament, and become an agent of the much-needed change in our technical and educational sectors.