Early education meets coding
Early education has recently introduced coding as a compulsory subject for all students. It is now widely considered the key to the future – for both children and adults all over the world.
Primary schools are bringing in the new curriculum based on the knowledge that computer programming is not only a fun and exciting activity but a necessary skill for the jobs of the future. The skill was first introduced in the classroom in the UK, as part of the primary and secondary school curriculum, several years ago.
The United Kingdom is the first country in the world to make computer programming a required school subject at all levels. According to the curriculum strategies, from the minute they commence school at the average age of five, to when they complete their first set of exams, children will be learning to code, from understanding simple algorithms to using programming languages to solve computational troubles.
A new era of micro coders
Muhammad Hamza Shahzad is a coding success story at just seven years old, as the world’s youngest qualified computer programmer. Handsworth has passed the exams and has the paperwork to leave primary school and get a job in IT.
Muhammad was taught skills by dad, who of course has a background in IT. Muhammad was deemed a unique talent at his primary school when he became the world’s youngest Microsoft Office Professional last year, aged six.
It is evident that helping children understand the technology they are using, is only one benefit of introducing coding into an early education curriculum. Many people, such as Clare Sutcliffe the founder of Code Club, believe these skills are for life. This type of learning also has the potential to create a shift in the way we use and perceive technology.