Teaching algorithms to high school students in Ethiopia?

Revision en2, by Reyna, 2019-01-21 19:59:44

Hi Codeforces!

Last year, I went to an event called AddisCoder as a teaching assistant and it is being offered again this year! AddisCoder is a 4-week summer program to introduce high schoolers in Ethiopia to programming and algorithms. It was one of the most memorable events in my life because I got to know about another country, met brilliant students and teaching assistants that were super friendly and cool (and I also had lots of fun exploring Ethiopia with them). We TAs worked together to make problemsets for the students and helped them through the problems.

The students are very good. There will be about 170 students this year. Alumni have gone on to study at Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, and many other institutions in the U.S., Ethiopia, Germany, and U.A.E. They have also gone on to work both as interns and full-time software engineers at Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oracle, etc. A few alumni from the first offering of the course are now pursuing their PhDs in computer science or mathematics. (See the program website for program details and blurbs on some alumni). Students are hand-picked by the Ministry of Education to be the top in the country, chosen from every region (Ethiopia has > 100 million people). Some of the really passionate students also apply to the program themselves.

The co-organizer Jelani Nelson is a computer science professor with a research focus on algorithms who was influenced by platforms like Codeforces and Topcoder. So in his free time, he runs this program to make students interested in computer science.

So, I wanted the cool Codeforces community to apply for the 4th edition of this awesome event (2011, 2016, 2018 before) as a teaching assistant to provide both national and algorithmic diversity to the program. The program will run from July 22 to August 23. There is funding to cover full expenses (flight, lodging, etc) for all TAs. There is also stipend for a limited number of TAs.

If you're interested, check out http://www.addiscoder.com/#apply

Arash (Reyna)


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