DURBAN - Google South Africa has launched CS First, an ambitious programme aimed at equipping South African learners with the fundamentals of computer science.
Present at the the launch were members of government, members of the education community, and community leaders, the programme aims to train more than 30 000 learners across nine provinces in the space of a year.
Created by educators, CS First aims to introduce students to computer science fundamentals in a collaborative environment. Students watch instructional videos while simultaneously building projects in Scratch (scratch.mit.edu), a blocks-based programming language.
"If South Africa is to compete globally, its learners need to have a strong digital skills base. With CS First, we’re setting up that foundation, equipping them for success later on," said Fortune Mgwili-Sibanda, Policy and Government Affairs, Google South Africa.
The programme targets learners in grades 4 to 8, although it may also be useful for learners up to grade 10. Globally, more than 2-million learners have experienced CS First.