The world’s next industrial revolution is approaching, with an estimated half of all jobs today disappearing by 2030 due to automation, and for South Africa to successfully compete with the rest of the world, we need to fundamentally change how we are educating our future generation.
It is an alarming fact that South African kids are struggling to achieve satisfactory results in IT, science and mathematics. The US dept of Labour asserts that out of the 20 fastest growing jobs, 15 of them require significant science, maths and IT. SA needs these skills for our economy to develop and thrive. Lack of qualified teachers and interest in these subjects is putting South Africa at the very back of the race for future economic growth. In fact, when it comes to mathematics and science, essential for careers in; engineering, information technology, finance, medicine, design, environment and many other careers, including those that don’t even exist yet, South Africa is ranked 146th. This places us behind the likes of Haiti, Lesotho, Chad, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and Kenya. This impending skills crisis means that these jobs will be outsourced to multi-nationals and other countries.
It’s not that South African kids don’t show an interest in the likes of science and engineering – they very well could – they just aren’t provided with the opportunity. Giving kids access to robotics learning, peps their interest and boosts their aspirations for following a career in related fields and be an integral part in helping South Africa to join the rest of the world when it comes to science, innovation, IT and engineering .
Let’s take a closer look at what learning robotics can do for your child. First and foremost, it provides a fun and interactive way for your child to learn “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, as well as teaches them how to code, the literacy of the future. In the USA, Asia, Europe and Australia, robotics is taught in thousands of schools and classrooms to a variety of ages. The UK has just overhauled their school curriculum to include extensive use of robotics. Over 250 000 American kids go on to participate in robotics at national competition level annually. Why has robotics at school level become so popular? Because it works, 50% of these kids are more likely to go to college and as twice as likely to major in science and engineering. These countries have created an interest in STEM and as a result, their kids are learning, growing and prospering in related fields. Multiple generations of skilled and knowledgeable students, only means great things for the future development of these countries, and South African schools are lagging behind.
SA’s future demands we keep pace with global education trends and EDRO is passionate about robotics as an educational tool, besides, kids just love robotics! To learn more about our robotics programmes and how to fit robotics into your school curriculum or your child’s educational life get in touch with us: