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Coding is fast becoming the most in-demand skill across all industries. Every App, computer programme and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. Teaching youth how to code ensures that we are prepared for a digital world.

Does your child want to learn to code?

Here’s their chance. In celebration of Mandela Day, iStore and Think Ahead are offering 670 learners  between the ages of 10-14 years old free 67 minute coding sessions. These lessons will take place on July 14th throughout the day at the following 12 stores. To book a session, selected your nearest iStore and follow the link:..

Eastgate

Sandton Drive

Cresta

Mall Of Africa

Woodlands

Sandton City

Walmer

Gateway

Cavendish

Waterfront

Tyger Valley

Somerset

iLanga

Free coding camps for students throughout the year

“Learning and teaching code has never been more essential. Coding teaches problem solving skills and also how to work together in creative ways. We are excited to partner with iStore and expose even more learners to the world of code this Mandela Day”, says Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director of Think Ahead.

For the past 3 years, Think Ahead, through its FutureSpace initiative, has taken the lead in teaching students and teachers computer programming and applying technology skills through creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving.

They facilitate coding camps during the holidays, ongoing extra mural clubs plus teacher training on how to bring code to schools.. To date more than 1500 learners have experienced FutureSpace and more than 300 teachers have been trained by Think Ahead to teach code.

Helping children from disadvantaged schools

In addition, iStore has partnered with Think Ahead, through their iSchoolAfrica initiative to identify 4 under resourced schools that have never been exposed to the world of code. iStore will take selected learners from these four schools to their stores for their free coding sessions. The selected schools are: Ntsha-Peu Primary School, Emfundisweni Primary School, Westbury Primary School and Laerskool Westerlig.

Preparing for the future

“ This is not a once off  initiative but part of iStore’s ongoing programme with key partners Think Ahead and iSchoolAfrica – to bring technology to all. “ says iStore CEO, Chris Dodd

For more information visit iStore and Think Ahead websites.

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