Accra, Ghana – April 1, 2019 – Junior Achievement Africa (JA Africa) has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. With the grant, JA Africa will implement a Coding and Robotics Innovation Camp (CodR IC) on April 12th, 2019, targeting 100 middle-school students in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as JA Africa which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.
“JA Africa is thrilled by this news and honored by the opportunity to partner with Motorola on this program,” said Elizabeth Bintliff, CEO of JA Africa. “The Motorola Solutions Foundation funding will enable our organization to equip students with the tools to excel through building their foundational technical (coding, engineering) and soft skills (creativity, design thinking, teamwork, problem solving), through training on robotics and coding.”
Beneficiaries of the CodR IC program will be 12-13 year-olds from low-middle income families who attend public schools that are underperforming or do not offer STEM programs. VJ Robotics will be facilitating the coding and robotics modules for the camp, taking students through the basics of C++ coding, after which the students will have to build, program and race a robotic vehicle. Students will have to buy their robotic parts from a makeshift marketplace and will have to manage budgeting, exchange rate fluctuations and market shortages in their purchasing process. Motorola employees will be engaged as volunteers to support the students in their learning process.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 3 million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.
“The Motorola Solutions Foundation is honored to and privileged to support the work of JA Africa,” said Matt Blakely, Executive Director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that are fostering innovation, building partnerships and driving change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they’re making in communities.”
About JA Africa
JA Africa is a member of JA Worldwide, one of the largest global organizations focused on the economic empowerment of youth. JA activates youth for the future of jobs through the delivery of in financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship training. JA Africa reaches over 230,000 young people in 14 countries in Africa each year. Visit www.ja-africa.org
About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The foundation achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation