Atnetplanet, the digital communication agency, will open its subsidiary, Atnetplanet South Africa, in May 2016 – and will officially become the second French company to set up a partnership with two South African students. This year, the students will integrate the new school WeThinkCode in Johannesburg, in partnership with Xavier Niel’s school, Ecole 42.


An innovative local project

Specialized in technologies, innovation and digital, Atnetplanet is fully invested in a new autonomous teaching method, developed by the school WeThinkCode in South Africa. Similarly to the program “Born to code” – hosted by the school Ecole 42 and created by Xavier Niel in 2013 – Camille Agon, WeThinkCode co founder, intents to develop a “peer to peer” instruction. By placing the student at the heart of the program, he will learn by himself how to solve issues in group, instead of learning it from a teacher.

From March 2016, Atnetplanet will take part in this social project within a local framework. The agency will sponsor two students in order for them to acquire significant knowledges in the technological information and communication areas.

An important social impact

WeThinkCode School is committed to strong social values: it’s open to any talent, regardless of their diploma or fortune. No tuition fee is asked, as the University degree is entirely sponsored by companies. Around 100 South African and two French companies, including Atnetplanet, have already taken part in this unique plan. Camille Agon explains that “the real revolution lays in our selection criteria that allow us to give a real opportunity for young people, regardless of their background, to demonstrate their coding skills and to find their own path”.

A two year investment

During almost two years, Atnetplanet will be engaged side by side with WeThinkCode School, in order to create a real bond with students and a bridge with their professional life. They will have the possibility to do a 4 months internship in the company, during their first and second years. A two-way partnership, in which students commit themselves to work one year in the company, if they are offered a job, once they obtain a diploma.

About WeThinkCode

Inaugurated in September 2015, WeThinkCode School was established in South Africa, following the French model, Ecole 42. One of its co-founder, Camille Agon, decided to apply the same values and principles, based on motivation, ability and passion. Open to all, qualified or not, the school offers a complete training course, without lecture but with a precise management that allows students to learn by themselves to solve problems. From spring 2016, the school will welcome their first class of 100 students.

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