The world is undergoing a technological revolution that is fundamentally altering the way we live, work, and relate to one another.
In its scale, scope, and complexity, the transformation is unlike anything humankind has experienced before. This has been dubbed ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’ and it is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and biological spheres.
Robotics and programming are critical aspects of this revolution and Africa needs to teach her children these skills so that they can be functional in an increasingly digital world.
Unfortunately, a look at schools in Africa will show that the bulk of them are not ready to teach children these skills. Let us look at some of the challenges why this is so and how these can be overcome so that our kids will not be left behind.
Lack of Educational Material for teaching and learning robotics and programming
The teaching and learning of robotics and programming require specialised material. These concepts are so practical that without the right equipment it’s quite difficult to have successful teaching.
Most of the schools in Africa, unfortunately, do not have this specialised equipment and this presents a lot of challenges.
This is one gap that Edustore Africa seeks to address. We specialise in supplying technology-enhanced education. Our smart partnerships with Robobloq & RoboCamp position us to guide and assist schools in creating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) learning environments.
With us as partners, schools in Africa will be adequately equipped to teach robotics and programming.
There is a misconception that the educational materials needed for teaching and learning robotics and programming are very expensive
The teaching of robotics and programming in the developing world is always misunderstood as costly to execute. Since specialised equipment is needed, the assumption is that schools have to commit a lot of funds to acquire these.
However, at Edustore Africa we have the expertise to advise schools on cost-effective solutions that will be a right fit in terms of students’ age and abilities.
School administrators are not sure about how they can best deploy these lessons at their schools
This is related to the two points above. Due to the fact that robotics and programming are relatively new on the African education scene, introducing them in a school’s curriculum may not be straightforward.
Administrators are faced with questions like:
What material is needed to teach children robotics and programming?
Where can we get this equipment?
How is the curriculum structured? etc.
These questions and issues can be so overwhelming resulting in administrators pushing them away and not prioritising them. The sad result will be that their school will not be ready to deploy robotics and programming lessons.
Edustore Africa offers a solution to this problem. We offer Ed Tech consultancy that is aimed at making it smooth for schools to get started with robotics and programming lessons.
This consultancy also stretches to the teacher. We understand that having the right equipment is only half the solution.
The individual teacher also needs to be equipped with all the necessary information that will help him plan, deliver and evaluate robotics and programming teaching.
We thus advise on how the teacher can structure her classes and also where she can get lesson ideas.
As we have seen, schools in Africa are generally not ready and equipped to teach robotics to children. As Edustore we seek to change this narrative.
We fully support the engagement of STEM in today’s education system, We can help you to establish a seamless robotics workshop at your school.
We aim to make technology more accessible to the masses by providing a conducive environment that allows kids to be exposed to programming from a very young age.
We allow the innovators and game-changers of tomorrow to get a head start on their careers today! Children taught robotics and programming will enjoy a lot of advantages.
Get in touch with us today to see how we can make your school a leader in the teaching and learning of robotics today!