We have seen a lot change in a short space of time,about 5 months to be exact. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a crippling effect on a lot of people especially those living below the poverty level.
The internet of things has taken center stage and we feel learners regardless of their backgrounds need to be exposed to coding at an early age.
I am member of Efeng Bacha, a subsidiary of the Nelson Mandela Childrens Fund and in 2018 i was part of the 100 years of Mandela initiative.In 2019 through my social entity,Everything Education i piloted a project where learners were taught how to code.Unfortunately i could only expose the program to a private school at the time and later on were scheduled to run a similar project with another private school. Those plans can to a grinding halt after Covid -19 came under the governments radar and quite a numbr of regulations were put in place..
We feel the need to expose learners from poorer backgrounds particularly those that find themselves in public schools to the same initiative.The only set back is the costs that come with hosting such a program right through to its finalization.
After running a post program analysis we were made aware of the effects that this has had on the learners.The learners had taken a keen interest in that field of study.
Program caters for learners aged 4 -18 years
The learners are taken on an educational excursion to a venue rich in South African history.
The venue can host about 70 lerners at any given time.
The lesson is facilitated by qualified facilitators.
Microsoft material on learning how to Code is the primary tool used.
The program is run inline with Covid -19 restrictions and pronouncements.