Free computer science education near you

2016-05-04 06:00
Photo: supplied An estimated 120 students were introduced to a free programme that teaches participants the basic skills of computer science.

Photo: supplied An estimated 120 students were introduced to a free programme that teaches participants the basic skills of computer science.

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LAST week the Hour of Code, a movement that aims to educate more than 100 000 students in computer science for free, was launched by the Sappi KwaDukuza Resource Centre in partnership with Dell Development Fund and the Change the World Trust.

The launch was attended by more than 30 teachers, officials from the Department of Basic Education and an estimated 120 students.

IT facilitator and projects co-ordinator Sabelo Gumede said teachers welcomed the programme as it would offer students an opportunity to gain more skills without disrupting their current teaching schedule.

“The KwaDukuza Resource Centre fully endorses the Hour of Code and understands the value of computer science education, and as such calls on teachers and schools to collaborate with and co-ordinate efforts to introduce youth to computer science, making available their facilities and facilitators, to accommodate training,” said Gumede.

He said the Change the World Trust aims to enlist 10 000 young people across South Africa into this programme before the end of 2016.

“The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. This programme aims to introduce students to computer science concepts and languages in the most accessible and innovative way known to man. It is user friendly and can be adopted by students in grade 5,” he said.

Anyone interested in taking part on the programme can contact the KwaDukuza Resource centre on the following emails: or or


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