A Robot Programmer Emerges from Rural Shabalala

Before Good Work Foundation (GWF) CEO  Kate Groch and Open Learning Academy (OLA) coordinator Crispen Bvumbghe looked at how coding and robots would be incorporated into the OLA curriculum, which focuses on digital education in maths, English and conservation literacy, Selby Mokoena, an OLA facilitator had already enrolled himself on two online courses for coding.

Selby is one of the few who are gifted with a mind that understands numbers very well. Before GWF discovered this talented young man, he was running extra mathematics classes for 21 rural learners from the high school he graduated from, who were struggling.

Selby used this opportunity to help more rural students to leave high school with a better looking certificate that would see them into universities. He was providing rural learners with skills that would allow them access into all that they aspire for.

This was also a way for Selby to put bread on the table for a family of seven.

Selby registered and completed three week courses at two different institutions with outstanding results and understanding of robots and coding that allowed him to be the one to welcome Dash and Dot the robots into the Open Learning curriculum.

Coding and robotics will be done in the Open Learning Academy+ (OLA+) classes in 2016. The class will consist of the best performing students from grade four learners from the various schools that part-take in the Open Learning Academy this year.

The math whiz has also designed and coded his own computer game, which he hopes to develop well enough to be incorporated into the OLA+ curriculum in 2016. Our Digital CEO always says, “look around you and be amazed, if you’re not, ask yourself why not,” GWF is certainly amazed at the amount of talented young people that are waiting to be discovered and given access that will allow them to unlock their potential, regardless of where they come from.

The world is full of possibilities that only become a reality when one makes the choice to do something about them. Selby has taken that one small step, and GWF will stand by on each step of the way to see where this young man's potential leads him to.

The world is full of possibilities that only become a reality when one makes the choice to do something about them. Selby has taken that one small step, and GWF will stand by through each step of the way to see where this young man’s potential leads him.

We are now in a position - using our two little blue friends, the apps that come with them, and a team passionate about coding – to take STEM learning in Mpumalanga South Africa to a whole new level.

These are the two little blue friends that Selby has welcomed into the ‘wonder-filled’ space at GWF.

 

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