As announced in the Budget Speech 2017-2018, the National Computer Board (NCB), operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation, is implementing the ‘Digital Youth Engagement Programme (DYEP)’ which comprises the provision of introductory courses on Coding to youngsters.
The National Computer Board is providing a 15 hour training coding to primary school students as early as Grade 4 and Grade 5. The trainings are provided in the NCB Cyber Caravans which proceed to various primary schools around the island.
The objectives of introducing Coding at an early age are to:
Spark the interest of our young learners for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects.
Contribute to increase the number of students opting for Science and Computer Subjects at Secondary and Tertiary Levels.
A number of coding skills will be imparted to the students via course materials accessible online from an Open Source coding platform (Code.org). The skills to be taught include:
It is expected that this initiative will, in the long run, contribute towards creating an adequate and diversified talent pool to fill the increasing number of technology jobs that shall be available in the future and hence drive the growth of the ICT Sector.
NCB is using a mix of IT equipment (in the Cyber Caravans) comprising Laptops, Raspberry Pi and Tablets for the delivery of the coding trainings. It is seamless for the learner accessing online course materials from whatever device he/she is using. At the same time this is also an opportunity to showcase the latest IT technologies to the students and community.
NCB will train some 2,000 primary Grade 4/5 students yearly on the Digital Youth Engagement Programme.
14,426 persons (* children, youngsters, students, women and unemployed) have been initiated for the period July 2017 to date inclusive of 4,699 on Digital Youth Engagement Programme.