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CODING is the literacy of tomorrow, and two teenage brothers want to take it to children across South Africa.

When it comes to preparing children for the future, there are few better ways to do so than to help them learn to code!

Coding helps children develop academic skills, build qualities like logical thinking, perseverance and organisation skills. It even helps kids gain valuable 21st century skills that can possibly translate into a career.

According to Talha (17) and Zaki Kathrada (16), teenage brothers and technology buffs, children love technology, but the problem is that they mostly use their gadgets for mere consumption and entertainment.

Another problem the brothers have identified is that children are generally not very excited about learning these days.

So, what is the answer?

Talha and Zaki believe they have the answer to these challenges: they run regular tech boot camps where they teach children coding skills.

They also teach children how to build various technology-based projects like video games and mobile apps.

The classes are fun and engaging, and provide children with valuable knowledge and skills for school and their careers.

The brothers have been doing this for three years, and have taught hundreds of children to code. They were even featured on the SABC 3 Expresso Show and in a number of other media.

“We are in the middle of the fourth industrial revolution, and Africa is where it’s happening.

“But there aren’t enough innovators, because children don’t have access to tech skills at school. We know. We’ve been there, but we’re lucky that our dad taught us all we know,” said Talha.

According to Zaki: “If we can take tech skills like coding and app development to children across South Africa, then these children will likely find their passion in technology, opt for a career in it, and maybe even grow up to become the innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

“Imagine what this will do for the local economy!”

Although the Compukids Tech Boot camps focus primarily on coding, there is also a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship.

“Learning to code is great, but it doesn’t ensure career or business success.

“Too many brilliant coders don’t succeed simply because they don’t have entrepreneurial skills. We want to change that.”

A Compukids Tech Boot camp will be held in KwaDukuza for the first time.

It will take place on March 24 at the White House Centre at the corner of Mahatma Ghandi and Chief Albert Luthuli streets. For more information, visit www.compu
kids.me/boot-camp-stanger or contact Salim Tootla at salim.tootla@gmail.com or Luqmaan Tootla at 072 455 1570.

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