Preparing learners for the future

2020-02-25 06:02
Learners from Curro Foreshore participated in a Python coding bootcamp, over three days.

Learners from Curro Foreshore participated in a Python coding bootcamp, over three days.

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A group of learners from Curro Foreshore now have a better understanding of coding language thanks to a three-day Python coding bootcamp held at the school.

Curro Foreshore is an independent high school within Curro’s DigiEd model that delivers education in a technology-rich format.

Lenore Rix, Curro DigiEd curriculum specialist, says: “The school has a unique e-learning model focusing on 21st-century skill that prepares learners for the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) through a project-based learning programme that emphasises science, mathematics, and technology.”

The bootcamp took place from Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 February.

Rix says in partnership with Amazon Web Services, the bootcamp was facilitated by local non-governmental organisation, International Certification in Digital Literacy (ICDL), the world’s leading computer skills certification.

The term coding refers to communicating with computers. Coding is used to give computers and other machines instructions on what actions to perform.

“Throughout the three-day bootcamp, Grade 9 learners gained incredible exposure to the popular coding language. Python is essentially the fastest general-purpose coding language at the moment and can be used in back-end web development, data analysis, artificial intelligence, and scientific computing, among others – all critical skills needed for today’s work environment,” says Rix.

Learners enjoyed getting to grips with coding language and spent the three days glued to their computer screens. Following the conclusion of the coding camp, learners will be required to take an ICDL test a week later during one of their Information Technology lessons.

Rix explained that once they pass the test, which requires a pass mark of 75%, they will receive an internationally-recognised qualification – a valuable addition to their CV.

“As the world continues to evolve with the changing face of technology, it is therefore essential that education helps prepare learners for the 2030 workplace,” added Rix.

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