12 January 2018


BCX CEO joins board of women's computing education scheme iamtheCODE

ICT service provider BCX's CEO Ian Russell has been appointed to the board of iamtheCODE. This is the first Africa-led global movement designed to mobilise governments, businesses and investors to support young women in STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Design), by teaching coding, creative learning and problem-solving.

Russell's appointment to the iamtheCODE board fits BCX's social impact philosophy of playing a key role in the development of South Africa’s economy, by making skills for the future accessible to young people. Over the past year, BCX has invested more than ZAR 100 million in skills development programmes such as WeThinkCode and the Explore Data Science Academy to support access to affordable education in the coding and data science fields.

In November 2017, BCX launched, a platform designed to propel South African education into the digital future by providing free access to online educational content. IamtheCODE aims to provide 1 million women and girls with equal access to affordable and good quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, linked to employability, by 2030.