DBE’s Senior Phase Coding and Robotics Pilot Program

In the bustling, fast-paced world of today, the language of computers – coding – has become an essential aspect of our lives, and mastering it is quickly becoming a prerequisite for future success. Recognizing the urgency of this situation, the South African Government is taking bold steps to equip its youth with these indispensable skills, paving the way for them to become key players in the local and global economies.

Emphasizing Education in National Priorities

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared education as the cornerstone of his administration’s priorities. In the State of the Nation Address (SONA), the President highlighted the critical role of technology in our current society and the foreseeable future. To this end, he initiated a directive for the introduction of a Coding and Robotics Curriculum in South Africa’s education system.

This strategic move is intended to prepare learners to navigate, contribute to, and excel in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR). This global wave of technological advancement is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres, with Coding, Robotics, and Technology playing the central roles.

Enhancing Practical Skills with the New Curriculum

The Department of Basic Education has responded promptly to the President’s directive by developing and piloting a Draft Coding and Robotics Curriculum. This curriculum extends and complements the existing Technology subject offered to Grades 7-9. The new curriculum is a synthesis of theory and practice, meticulously designed to enrich the practical and manipulative skills of learners, setting them up for success in a technologically-driven world.

This innovative approach towards education comes with the understanding that the mastery of these skills isn’t just about deciphering the world of ones and zeros, but about problem-solving, computational thinking, and the capacity to innovate – skills that are transferrable and valuable across numerous fields and professions.

Nation-wide Implementation of the Pilot Program

Taking the initiative to a broader scale, the Coding and Robotics curriculum is set to be piloted in 1000 schools at the Grade 7 level and in 569 schools at the Grade 8 and Grade 9 levels across the country in 2023. The comprehensive roll-out of this pilot is a testament to the Government’s commitment to reshaping the future of education in South Africa.

In conclusion, the South African Government, through its new Coding and Robotics Curriculum, is reimagining education, redefining the future of its youth, and revitalizing the nation’s place in the global economy. By riding the wave of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the nation is preparing its learners to thrive in an increasingly digital future. It is an inspiring illustration of how education can adapt and evolve to equip learners with the skills they need for the world of tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “DBE’s Senior Phase Coding and Robotics Pilot Program”

  1. This is an exciting time for South African youth. They are been given the opportunity to develop skills that will give them an advantage in their future careers. Hopefully we will see more and more companies also assisting the schools that cannot afford to implement the curriculum as they lack the finances to pay for computers and teaching materials.

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