I really want to explore more coverage on coding for kids because it is becoming a vital skill to have in the ever exponentially-expanding digital world. Technology has become a significant integration into our everyday lives and the traditional take on toys is giving way to a more technologically advanced approach. Children are engaging with and learning technology systems on a conscious and subconscious level. Coding, developing or programming are very important to teach to these young minds because the jobs and careers of the future involve computer systems and being able to communicate with them.
Below I've compiled a list of coding programs and initiatives in South Africa for children, that you can either sign your kid up to or sign yourself up as a volunteer or ambassador.
Kids Who Code is a non-profit who's aim is to empower children from both affluent and underprivileged communities in South Africa to increase their skill-set by teaching them how to Code using various programming languages. They teach Minecraft, Java Script, HTML & CSS, PHP, Python, Scratch and Photoshop. http://kidswhocode.co.za/
Hour Of Code: Are you living in SA and between 14-24 years old? In only 60 minutes get a certificate and learn how to code. http://www.hourofcode.co.za/
VJ Robotics was founded by a team of educational experts who specialize in the fields of science and engineering. We take advanced programming and robotics used in industry and simplify it to bite-sized lessons that can be enjoyed by learners of all ages in the form of fully integrated robotics classes. So join the coding revolution! https://vjrobotics.com/
Little Brains has provided technology lessons in pre and primary school environments for 10 years. Whilst helping students to learn the basics of computer knowledge, they also equip them with a love for learning with technology and the ability to extend their knowledge in many ways, through using technology creatively. http://www.littlebrains.co.za/
Kids Be Geeks focuses on teaching children programming concepts from a young age. In a fun and stimulating environment, kids learn to write their own computer games. http://kidsbegeeks.com/
Africa Teen Geeks geek clubs are computer schools which inspire the next generation of technology innovators. Their clubs offer computer programming for kids who would otherwise never have the opportunity. http://africateengeeks.co.za/
CompuKids provides structured online computer science and technology curriculum for kids. CompuKids provides a safe and child-friendly learning environment where kids can learn a variety of real-world skills that will give them an advantage both in and after school – all while having fun. https://www.compukids.me/
The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Southern Africa’s largest science centre, is affiliated to the Gauteng Department of Education to support maths, science and technology education and to help build to South Africa’s science, engineering and technology capacity. Sci-Bono is responsible for implementing the Gauteng Mathematics, Science and Technology Education Strategy. Located in the historic Electric Workshop in the cultural precinct of Newtown, Johannesburg, Sci-Bono annually receives hundreds of thousands of visitors to its a large collection of interactive science and technology exhibits and exhibitions. Sci-Bono also offers a broad programme of science and technology related events, activities and programmes for both the general public and the school community. Sci-Bono is now one of the most popular leisure and educational destinations in Gauteng. http://www.sci-bono.co.za/
I hope that this has given you some insight as to what's readily available is South Africa and the rapid rate at which the S.T.E.M movement and coding for kids industry and initiative is growing. I commend all the above programs and organisations for contributing to an especially technologically advanced future for South Africa and Africa.
Perhaps this has sparked an idea for your own organisation or just opened your eyes to getting your own child involved?
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