Girls coders from the Mikateka Primary School, Ivory Park
Learning to code is a critical element in the 21st century school curriculum, giving learners the ability not only to use technology but to create it, as the world ushers in the fourth industrial revolution. Learners equipped with these skills will be in high demand in the labour market of the future.
Non-profit educational organization, ORT South Africa (ORT SA) and Chevron South Africa have partnered up to implement coding programmes in previously disadvantaged schools in Ivory Park, north of Johannesburg. A total of 150 learners from six primary schools and six high schools participate in the extra mural coding classes. In each of the targeted schools, ORT SA facilitators is on hand to train teachers to assist the participants with their projects. After learning the basics of coding, learners start work on their own projects, based on developing programmes that find solutions to real-life problems. Each group of five learners is provided with a coding kit which is the ‘brain’ that they learn to programme in order to carry out various tasks such as operating a security system, a drone or a driverless bus.
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Source:: IT News Africa