Industry 4.0 prep: South Africa to add coding and robotics to their curricula

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In preparing for the fourth industrial revolution, South Africa will include coding and robotics to their curricula from grade R to 9. 

South Africa’s Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga told Business Tech that “the curricula will ensure that our schooling system produces learners with the foundations for future work, and equip them with skills for the changing world. ”

The fourth industrial revolution is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres, collectively referred to as cyber-physical systems. Preparation from an early age is thus essential to prepare for the future of work.

The South Africa Department of Basic Education will partner with the University of South Africa (UNISA) – UNISA will make their 24 ICT facilities available to train teachers.

Adding coding as a subject teaches learners not only how to use computers and applications. It teaches teaching them about how computers are built, how they work, and how to instruct their function and behavior through coding.

Teaching robotics in schools gives students the opportunity to address the growing demand for teaching STEM subjects while learning how science, engineering, math, and technology work together and interact. 

“Coding as a subject will be piloted at 1,000 schools across five provinces starting in the 2020 school year”, as reported by Business Tech.

 

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

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