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Empowering young people ICT skills

MIDRAND – NON-governmental organisation Hour of Code, which focuses on IT skills development and is supported by Change The World Trust, believes technology is the future and not knowing how to use a computer will soon be the same as being unable to read and write.

Attendees at the Hour of Code workshop

The organisation recently launched an educational programme called the Hour of Code, an hour-long introduction to computer science created to teach computer programming and to hold talks with 80 pupils from schools around Gauteng.

The Hour of Code project manager, David Silva said, “This campaign will change how teachers and students engage with each other as it allows for firsthand interaction, problem-solving and analytical skills development in a fun and immersive manner.”

About 40 leaders from local schools and non-governmental organisations that focus on education and youth, such as Afrika Tikkun, Ikamva Youth and Siyakhula Computers, took part in the introduction and training workshop on how to teach the Hour of Code programme in their respective communities. Silva added that the Hour of Code concept was initially started in the United States in 2008, and so far many people worldwide have taken part in this initiative.

Ziyaad Jina, a project manager at Afrika Tikkun said, “The Hour of Code will help them develop higher level skills, but most importantly give them something to really bite into and change their lives.”

An ICT teacher at Gideon Rambuwani School in Klipfontein View in Midrand said, “Young people have talent and potential but lack the support and exposure to innovation which limits their capabilities. This programme will positively impact them and help open their minds and allow them to dream big.”

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Article Link: http://midrandreporter.co.za/129824/empowering-young-people-ict-skills/

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