Rural children take to Coding and Robotics, thanks to Sasol Foundation
As an active supporter of technology and innovation, the Sasol Foundation is placing itself at the forefront of tackling the development of digital skills in schools.
The Foundation is currently driving a programme that supports the school Coding and Robotics Curriculum which has been introduced by the Department of Education.
The donation of a Robotics Laboratory to the University of Zululand Science Centre speaks to Sasol’s commitment to growing the new digital curriculum and ultimately creating a pipeline of innovators.
The Robotics Lab will provide teacher training and practical learner support in coding and robotics, and serve schools around the University of Zululand. This groundbreaking intervention brings coding and robotics facilities to learners who will otherwise have taken longer to get on the digital wave.
Sasol has been a prolific supporter of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education at schools and more labs will be established in various parts of the country.
“Our education support in schools is geared towards building the knowledge and skills that will enable learners to excel in STEM subjects,” says Sasol Foundation Head, Noxolo Kahlana.
The handover event at the UNIZULU Science attracted groups of enthusiastic school children and teachers who are set to utilise the facility.
The Department of Basic Education has developed a coding and robotics curriculum for Grades R to Grade 9, which is being piloted in more than 1000 schools across the country.
Sasol has provided training to 200 teachers and subject advisors from 9 provinces trained on the 4th Industrial Revolution, and 200 primary schools in Grades R, 3 and 7 are supported with coding and robotics.
Sasol partnered with Sifiso EdTech to deliver the robotics lab, a company founded by Sizwe Nxasana and Dr Judy Dlamini that provides turn-key educational robotics solutions to schools.
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