Learning about Coding and Robotics has become an exciting venture for learners in the Bityi area. Sibongile Makeleni, the chairperson of a branch of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), has taken up the mission to equip learners from different schools with the skills needed to navigate the world of technology. With the aim of reducing crime by keeping young people busy and empowering them for future careers, Makeleni believes that this program is an essential step towards achieving these goals.
Under the guidance of Tangible Africa, Makeleni has been able to introduce Coding and Robotics programs to learners from 18 schools in the area. This initiative has opened up opportunities for the learners to explore engineering when they reach tertiary institutions. By integrating math and physics into the curriculum, Makeleni has recognized the need to not only teach these subjects but also expose learners to programming and robotics.
The introduction of this program is particularly important in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as it equips learners with the skills required to communicate with various technological equipment. Currently, the program is being conducted in schools such as Mqhekezweni Primary School, Bityi Primary, Bambilanga Primary School, and Phingilili Primary School.
Q: How does learning about Coding and Robotics help reduce crime?
A: By keeping young people engaged and focused on productive activities, learning about Coding and Robotics helps redirect their energy away from potential criminal activities.
Q: What are the advantages of this program?
A: The advantages of this program include equipping learners with coding skills, which are highly sought after in the future. It also enhances critical thinking and understanding of how robots function.
Q: What challenges does this program face in rural areas?
A: Running the program in rural areas can be challenging due to limited access to networks and a lack of computers or tablets in schools. However, participants have adapted by utilizing phones for unplugged coding.
Q: How are children without phones accommodated in the program?
A: The program aims to reach all students, even those without personal phones. However, the limited availability of phones can cause delays in reaching all the students simultaneously.
Through the dedication of Makeleni and the support of Tangible Africa, learners in the Bityi area are taking a leap into the world of technology, opening doors of opportunity and empowering them for the future.