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Coding lessons in a day’s work for all

Siyabonga Kalipa

Grade 9 learners from schools around Khayelitsha were given some computer skills in a programming workshop held at Luhlaza High School on Saturday.

The learners were given coding lessons, life skills and interacted with invited speakers.

The workshop was run by AmaQawe ngeMfundo, the AfrikaCan Foundation and the Thope Foundation, all non-governmental- organisation(NGOs) .

Dr Fanelwa Ajayi of AmaQawe ngeMfundo said the workshop is to introduce programming to Grade 9 learners.

She said the emphasis was on coding with the goal of encouraging the learners to choose Pure Maths in Grade 10.

“We intend to use coding activities in order to stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics because these activities are planned to show the importance of Pure Maths in Programming and Coding,” she said.

AfrikaCan foundation’s Athenkosi Nzala said it is always good to give back to their communities, which was what they were doing with the workshop.

“We believe that for black people it is always a need to give back, especially in education and it is nice for children to see successful black people,” he said.

He said they are making available platforms that learners do not necessarily get in their schools and they also want to give hope.

Olwethu Tshingo,14, form Luhlaza High School, said the workshop really helped because he left with a lot of knowledge about coding and life skills.

“I learnt about programming and also the language used when dealing with computers,” he said. Mihle Feleza,15, from Bulumko High, said he now knows what to do in order to become an engineer.

“Attending the workshop was really helpful and hopes it will not be the last one.”


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