Melisizwe Computer Labs Project teaches robotics and digital literacy to children in South Africa
An article published by news24.com presents Bongani and Mbali, two robots built by nine pupils from the robotics course of the Melisizwe Computer Labs Project in Johannesburg, South Africa. The robots are equipped with motion sensors to recognize objects in their path, or can be controlled with a mobile phone.
Robotics, computer literacy and coding are increasingly becoming skills that are fundamental for youth to become competitive in the future job market. According to Melisizwe director, Candice Kern-Thomas, “The primary intention of the project is to ensure that learners have the tools that they need in order to have basic computer literacy skills as well as additional skills to prepare them for the fourth industrial revolution.”
The Melisizwe Computer Labs Project team has already created 11 computer labs in schools located in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, and Western Cape.