Maryam Abeeb, Abuja
An education technology research lab, Code 4TEEN has partnered with educational brands across all segments of the sector for the commencement of computer language studies among over 100 pupils across schools in Lagos.
The lab after investing three years in broad research on the feasibility of teaching pupils from Year 3 (7years old) text-based programming in a classroom context launched its software product ‘Andrew teaches coding’, an automated textbook whose robust functionalities create an eco-system for the new subject, computer language.
By facilitating the delivery of curriculum, management of class work and homework, examinations and grading ‘Andrew teaches coding’ gives primary schools across the country and beyond the ability to now create and run computer language as a time-tabled subject.
While shedding some light on the initiative, Director, Research and Technology, Otaru Daudu said, “Code 4TEEN understood from day one that the true solution to technology literacy resides in the empowerment of educational systems to drive the code education process without depending on third-party intervention.
“We also understand that this will require a tested curriculum, a scalable means of delivery as well as a continuous plan for up-skilling all ICT teachers so they are capable of delivering the curriculum independently as they do with ICT, Mathematics or English.”
“For this reason, we are building our company’s strengths around these three pillars. We also choose to focus on empowering schools as we believe children spend 70 per cent of their childhood under the influence of ‘school’, hence positioning the school as the foremost catalyst in the technology literacy drive globally, with regards to the next generation.”
Already, the group has officially rolled out computer language through timetabled slots in four schools across Lagos namely, The Fountain School, Moral Ville Academy, Leaders Field International School and First Stones School.
Besides, the company is in advanced talks with top executives and academic leaders at generational schools on the possibility of integrating the language into their curriculum before September 2020.