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Say NO to educating children as computer programmers

The Centre for Creative Education is very concerned about the Department of Basic Education's plans to introduce a curriculum that introduces CODING (computer programming) and ROBOTICS (computer operated mechanisms) as compulsory activities for young children, while putting more and more emphasis on learning through ICT DEVICES. As developers of teachers for Early Childhood and Primary Education, we regard these plans as dangerous for children's healthy development. 

There is still time to stop this development from happening - please support the wellbeing of children by sharing this plea for a change of mind! Please sign our petition to the Minister of Basic Education. Then email your contacts a link to this page. You can also share the campaign on Facebook and Instagram.

In the article below, our Academic Head describes the negative effects on children, should such plans become a reality.

The introduction describes the difference between short-sighted reasoning and wise decisions, followed by important reasons against the early introduction of technology in schools.
What children need is free, reality-based development of their thinking, instead of learning to think like a robot.
Earlier ICT learning is neither helping the children with their normal curriculum, nor necessary for becoming a skilled computer user as an adult.
It is essential to reduce children's screen time, rather than adding screen hours at school.
Why children should learn from a person rather than from software or videos.
What children need for their development is real activities, not a virtual lack of reality.
The proposed curriculum is based on a very short-sighted approach.
Therefore, we need to say NO to enforcing coding, robotics and ICT-based learning in primary schools or even earlier.
At the end you will find further resources related to the topic and some information about the author.