A lot of primary and secondary schools in Nigeria do not offer coding classes to their students. There are many reasons for this, the most popular two reasons been that it is not in the educational curriculum, and the cost of hiring an experienced coding teacher. Meanwhile in China, little children are being trained to win gold medal at the Olympics.
Tech is the future, but the future belongs to those who prepare for it. As with all other parts of life, preparation is key. Seeing that Tech is not just a vital part of the human life now, but also becoming the most in-demand industry for employment and freelance opportunities, there then arises the need to prepare the young ones for the future by giving them a competitive edge in the global space.
Tech is not a skill for later. It’s a skill that needs to be learned now, for the future. It’s a skill that overrides sustenance income.
At Fairexx, we believe that our kids should be taught tech now, not later. Primary and secondary schools should be actively learning programming languages, soft skill robotics among others. This is a non-negotiable and the primary reason we created the Asetech Kodeklub initiative.
This Initiative is an answer to the two most prominent issues that schools have with teaching coding. With the Asetech Kodeklub, the school is provided with an experienced tech teacher at no cost. The Kodeklub can be set up as a vocational subject instead of a compulsory subject. This gives the kids more options in their academics.
Teaching a kid to code could birth the new viral game, app, or software that would revolutionise the way the world thinks, socialises, or works. Programming languages can be used to build anything, and it presents a limitless opportunity for kids to tax their imagination and use them to solve complex problems. More importantly, a child that is taught how to code will have a better chance at a lucrative STEM career. While others are learning coding at a later age, the kid already is better positioned with the right expertise and skills to snatch up the more lucrative jobs, or freelancing roles. Seeing that African contemporaries are leaning more and more towards remote opportunities that sees them paid in foreign currencies, the chances of earning much more than their contemporaries are higher and more achievable. Codemonkey lists out many more reasons why kids should be taught to code.
Kids encounter software from a very early age with tools like smartphones, smart TVs, laptops, iPads, etc, so teaching them coding helps them understand how these devices work. Almost every device being built in recent times has a software code attached to it. Teaching them to code gives them an outlet for their imagination as they find different ways to solve problems/ it builds their analytical skills, problem solving skills, etc.
The digital industry is expanding and it’s only going to get bigger with the inclusion of the metaverse. Infact, metaverse is just the tip of the iceberg. Many more tech innovations will sprint up that the world will rush to implement in many areas of life. Rather than waiting for coding to be included in the educational curriculum, how about we ensure that our kids have access to the coding lessons, like the parenting website stated clearly in their article.
In an economy that is largely driven by technology, it is vital that kids are equipped to navigate the course and build a better future for themselves and by extension, the world.
More importantly, other nations are training their kids to code. Why keep our kids at a disadvantage?