Ke­ka­na wants co­ding to be com­pul­so­ry at school

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Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons De­pu­ty Mi­nis­ter Pin­ky Ke­ka­na says co­ding should be in­tro­du­ced as a com­pul­so­ry sub­ject in schools in or­der to put the u­p­co­ming South A­fri­can ge­ne­ra­ti­on on par with in­ter­na­ti­o­nal stan­dards. “… On­ce we start te­a­ching our c­hild­ren co­ding from an e­ar­ly age, it will gi­ve them the skills to par­ti­ci­pa­te in the Fourth In­dus­tri­al Re­vo­lu­ti­on,” Ke­ka­na said. The De­part­ment of Te­le­com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons and Pos­tal Ser­vi­ces has com­mit­ted to pro­vi­de trai­ning to 100 wo­men a y­e­ar per pro­vin­ce in di­gi­tal li­te­ra­cy. It is al­so pro­vi­ding the Gi­rls-w­hoCo­de pro­gram­me, tar­ge­ting 100 gi­rls. The Mi­nis­ter emp­ha­si­sed the im­por­tan­ce of un­der­stan­ding the re­qui­re­ments that dri­ve the need to cre­a­te e­co­no­mic op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­vi­de so­lu­ti­ons to the dai­ly chal­len­ges fa­ced by South A­fri­cans as pa­ra­mount to brid­ging the di­gi­tal in­no­va­ti­on di­vi­de. The De­part­ment of S­mall Bu­si­ness De­ve­lop­ment, sup­por­ted by the S­mall En­ter­pri­se De­ve­lop­ment A­gen­cy (SEDA), has the wo­men in ICT in­cu­ba­tor cal­led Band­width Barn. The in­cu­ba­tor as­sis­ts wo­men-o­w­ned ICT bu­si­nes­ses to grow and build their con­tacts. - SA­

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