Pilot coding in schools programme launchedSaturday, May 08, 2021
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information officially launched the pilot coding in schools programme during a virtual ceremony yesterday.
The initiative, which involves partnership with Amber Innovations Group Limited, will promote the teaching and learning of coding in public educational institutions across Jamaica.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the delivery of the programme was signed between the ministry and the Amber Group during the ceremony.
The pilot programme will be conducted across 20 schools, involving approximately 2,000 students in grades four and nine.
Among the objectives are the development of skills such as logical and critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, team work and mathematics, and to instil confidence in students through coding.
Under the programme, classes in coding computer applications will be incorporated in the regular school curriculum. The one-and-a-half hour session will be held twice weekly for three months.
Classes, which are already under way, are being delivered using the online meeting software Zoom or Google Classroom.
The Amber Innovations Group Limited's online platform will also be used to teach coding to students, with instructor oversight. Concepts will be practised through activities on the company's online web platform.
Portfolio Minister Fayval Williams, in her address at the launch, said that the ministry is preparing students to adapt and compete in an increasingly interconnected and technology-driven world.
“To help our students adapt to these (rapid technological) changes we must continue to refresh our curriculum to ensure that the knowledge, skills and values taught remain current and relevant. To this end, the MoU between the ministry and the Amber Group is an important step in achieving that goal,” she said.
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