The Marematlou Training Institute (MTI) in Bloemfontein has awarded Digital Literacy certificates to 78 learners in Gr. 8 at eight schools in Bloemfontein. The recipients completed a one-year Digital Literacy programme at the institute, offered in line with producing a technology savvy generation.The ceremony was held on 15 November at its campus and confirmed completion of the programme, as well acknowledging the learners’ consistent attendance. The learners are from Dr Block, Hodisa Technical, Commtech Combined, Moemedi, Vulamasango, Kaelang, Lekhulong and Atlehang. The participation of the schools in the year-long digital literacy programme is aimed at introducing the learners to the artificial intelligence field.According to MTI Marketing and Communications Manager Fanyane Mokoena, the institution, in partnership with the Department of Education in Motheo, selected quintile 1 to quintile 3 schools to be part of the programme. He said the respective schools had a teacher coordinator who accompanied the learners to the classes on Saturdays.“Everyone is talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), so we thought we should introduce digital literacy to empower the learners with skills in coding and programming to get them ready for the 4IR,” said Mokoena.“The learners, some of which had not used a computer before, created and played games to help them understand the basics of coding.” Aside from guidance in coding, electronics and robotics, the learners are given Mathematics classes to help them improve their performance in the subject.“The aim is to continue with these learners up to Gr. 12 to build a pool of people who have skills required to take South Africa forward in the 4IR,” said Mokoena. To inspire the learners interested in entering this technological industry, exhibitions were presented by the Central University of Technology’s (CUT) FabLab, Vivlia publishers, Vodacom and Standard Bank. These entities demonstrated the practical applications of what the learners had been learning in robotics, banking and electronic learning (e-learning).