The Carpentries in Africa
The Carpentries in Africa is a regional subcommunity of The Carpentries, a non-profit organisation where we teach researchers foundational coding and data science skills worldwide. The Carpentries hosts in-person and online Data Carpentry, Library Carpentry, and Software Carpentry workshops. With a community of more than 180 certified Instructors, our goal is to create professional growth opportunities, mentor instructors, coordinate workshops and create sustainable Carpentries communities across the African continent.
Our monthly Carpentries in Africa community calls, hosted on the 4th Thursday of each month, have been running since 2017. Here we discuss topics that interest scholars on the continent, including previous and upcoming workshops, challenges teaching in Africa, available resources, opportunities, and events. Community members can subscribe to a Slack channel and mailing list.
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Looking back at 2022
Nineteen instructors from South Africa, Botswana, Tunisia, Tanzania and Kenya have been badged, with others also participating in the checkout process.
20 Carpentries workshops were hosted in South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia and Kenya.
Three new member organisations from South Africa and Namibia.
Grew our instructor trainer base in Ethiopia
Glosario boasts with seven African languages: Afrikaans, Setswana, isiXhosa, isiZulu, አማርኛ, Kiswahili and Southern Sotho.
Translated the opening and closing events of CarpentryConnect South Africa 2021 into isiZulu and isiXhosa
You can read more about The Carpentries in Africa here.
What We Do
Monthly African Community Meetup: Hosted each 4th Thursday of the month, 12:00 - 13:00 SAST (10:00 - 11:00 UTC). If you want to join, please sign up at our Etherpad.
~~26 January~~ (Topic of the Month: What does 2023 hold for The Carpentries)
~~23 February~~ (Topic of the Month: Instructors and Carpentries Workshops)
~~23 March~~ (Topic of the Month: The Workbench, presented by Toby Hodges)
~~20 April~~ (Topic of the Month: Networking Session)
~~25 May~~ (Topic of the Month: Carpentries Offline, presented by Jannetta Steyn)
~~22 June~~ (Topic of the Month: My Career Path, presented by Ruth Nanjala)
~~27 July~~ (Topic of the Month: HPC Carpentry: First entrant into The Carpentries’ Lesson Program Incubator presented by Alan O’Cais)
~~24 August~~ (Topic of the month: Changes to Instructor Checkout presented by Kelly Barnes)
28 September (Join us for the second event in our 25th anniversary celebration series spotlighting our subcommunities in Africa - https://rb.gy/jiqsf)
Mentoring for Instructors and Helpers before a workshop: Some members of the African instructor community are willing to host online mentoring sessions for instructors and helpers before a workshop to ensure everyone knows what to expect and what is expected of them. If you are available to meet with an instructor/helper team before they run a workshop to answer any questions they may have or to help them prepare for the lessons they will be teaching, please get in touch via our email. We can pair you up with a team at a time and date that will suit you.
Angelique Trusler, the African Capacity Development Manager, is ready to help you with any questions about running Carpentries workshops or any other ways you can get involved with The Carpentries in Africa! Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
To join the conversation about The Carpentries in Africa, sign up at Topicbox and join the Slack channel #local-africa. If you’ve trained as an instructor in Africa (even if you’re not qualified yet), sign up at Topicbox
We would love to get more people involved in specific activities to support our growing African community - Meet the South African instructors here!
Subscribe to the calendar below to watch all happening throughout our community.
The first Carpentries workshops in Africa were run in 2013 but only kicked off in 2015. An African Task Force was established in 2016, consisting of international mentors from the USA, UK, and Australia. They guided the first batch of trained African instructors through the checkout process as most were very isolated and new to The Carpentries.
Since then, more than 180 African instructors have participated in online or in-person instructor training events. The African Task Force was revived in December 2017 and consisted of African instructors. The task force played a role in mentoring instructors who had been trained but hadn’t qualified and qualified instructors who needed support before teaching a workshop. Small online sessions were hosted by task force members to demonstrate how various lessons are taught and to help solidify skills in the tools we teach. The second African Task Force finished its activities in December 2018. Some South African-based activities were funded through the Rural Campuses Connection Project II (RCCP II), which ended in March 2019. You can read more about the experiences of the African Task Force in this blog post and about RCCPII here.
Blog posts and other Carpentries activities in Africa
Resources to begin your journey with R by Angelique Trusler
Data Science and Machine Learning at PyCon Namibia 2023 by Andreea Munteanu
IoT for Novices in South Africa by Jannetta Steyn
CarpentryCon 2022: African Carpentries Monthly Meetup: Lanfrica by Chris Emezue
Behind the Scenes: What it took to run CarpentryConnect South Africa by Akashidiya Chakraborty, Angela Okune and Angelique Trusler
Glosario: African contributions by Angelique Trusler
CarpentryConnect South Africa 2021 in Review by the University of the Western Cape
CarpentryConnect South Africa 2021 - A global event by Angelique Trusler
Highlighting our strategic plan efforts to support local community building by Kari L. Jordan and Angelique Trusler
Registration for CarpentryConnect South Africa 2021 now open! by Angelique Trusler
University of the Western Cape’s first Data Carpentry Workshop of 2021 by Sarah Schäfer.
Our First Workshop - Bioinformatics Hub of Kenya by Pauline Karega, Michael Kofia ane Festus Nyasimi.
Reflections on my First Data Carpentry Workshop by Selorm Tamakloe.
Lessons Learned - Data Carpentries Workshop for SADiLaR (August 31, 2020 by Jannetta Steyn, Benson Muite, Marissa Griesel, Maggi Mars, Lactatia Motsuku, Varshita Sher, SamuelLe Lelièvre and Angelique Trusler.
Learners’ Experiences from South Africa’s Online Workshop by Samar Elsheikh, Caroline Fadeke Ajilogba, Martin Dreyer and Angelique Trusler
Increasing Researchers’ Digital Literacy in Ethiopia by Yared Abera Ergu
Feedback: Remote Teaching of Genomics Data Carpentry Curriculum by Daniel Ouso and Bianca Peterson
With Thanks from Carpentries Instructors in Africa by Yared Abera, Ayansina Ayangbenro, Mamsi Khantsi, Samar Elsheikh, Margareth Gfrerer, Martin Dreyer, Mesfin Diro, Abisola Regina Sholeye, Bianca Peterson, Nobublele Shozi and Angelique Trusler
Teaching Software Carpentry at the University of Botswana by Raniere Silva
Wrapping Up the Rural Campuses Connection Project Capacity Development Initiative by Anelda van der Walt and Katrin Tirok
Highlights from the recent Instructor Training in South Africa by Katrin Tirok, Malvika Sharan, Samar Elsheikh and Saymore Chifamba
CarpentryConnect Johannesburg 2018: Building Bridges for Digital and Computational Literacy by Anelda van der Walt and Juan Steyn
A Wrap-up from the African Task Force by Anelda van der Walt, Katrin Tirok, Caroline F. Ajilogba, Juan Steyn and Kayleigh Lino
CarpentryCon Experienced by the African Carpentry Task Force by Caroline F. Ajilogba, Mesfin Diro, Kayleigh Lino, Erika Mias, Lactatia Motsuku, Juan Steyn, Katrin Tirok and Anelda van der Walt