Revolutionizing Education and Community Empowerment through Mandela Day Coding Tournament

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The Nelson Mandela University and twenty-six libraries in the city have collaborated to launch an innovative coding tournament on Mandela Day. The initiative aims to introduce young minds to the world of coding, foster community spirit, and offer an accessible educational platform.

Tangible Africa Coding Movement

The Nelson Mandela University Computing Sciences Department, in partnership with the Leva Foundation, has been spearheading the Tangible Africa coding movement for two years. The project focuses on tangible coding, enabling libraries to bring coding education to communities without access to expensive resources. The tournament’s participants can download a small app to play Tangible Africa’s flagship applications, TANKS and RANGERS, offline, using game packs and tokens.

Benefits of Tangible Coding

Tangible coding has several advantages for learners, such as improving problem-solving, comprehension, and collaboration skills. Upon completion of the 35 levels, participants can transition to plugged coding in libraries using applications such as SCRATCH, available on SmartCape computers.

Success with Libraries as Implementation Partners

Since its launch in 2017, the Tangible Africa coding movement has seen libraries become invaluable implementation partners. The Belhar Coding Club is a shining example of this partnership’s success, as it has expanded significantly from just two children in January to hundreds of participants each month. The club has become a family-friendly weekend activity, where parents play an active role in their children’s growth and development.

Impact on Learners

The impact of coding on the lives of these young learners has been remarkable. Children have become more focused on their schoolwork, and their problem-solving skills have sharpened. The introduction of coding to local schools has been met with enthusiasm from educators, further solidifying its importance in shaping young minds.

The Mandela Day Coding Tournament

As the Mandela Day Coding Tournament approaches, the city’s libraries, Nelson Mandela University, and the Leva Foundation remain committed to empowering communities through coding education. The tournament encourages young minds to dive into the world of coding, fostering collaboration, and community spirit, paving the way for a brighter future. Councillor Patricia Van der Ross, Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, has expressed immense enthusiasm for the initiative and hopes it will become a regular feature in libraries over time.

The Mandela Day Coding Tournament is an inspiring and innovative collaboration that revolutionizes education and community empowerment. It provides accessible resources and cultivates a passion for learning, paving the way for a brighter future for young minds across the continent.

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