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BoN STEAM boot camp targets 240 beneficiaries

The Bank of Namibia (BoN) has introduced the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Robotics and Coding bootcamp in support of government’s endeavours to equip students with critical skills.

The BoN aims to create exposure to 240 learners with the view of fostering digital skills and innovation.

The initiative aims to expose public schools in rural areas to educational activities, capacitating them with skills in robotics, automation, coding, information technology electronics, 3D printing, and other technological applications.

These skills according to central bank, are necessary if Namibia is to succeed in its ambitions to become an industrialised nation.

"In a world characterised by rapid technological advancement and dynamic global challenges, academic excellence alone is no longer sufficient. Our students must be equipped with critical thinking skills, problem-solving acumen, and adaptability to navigate the modern world," Education Deputy Minister Faustina Caley said.

She made these remarks at the Namibia University of Science and Technology’s (NUST) HTTPS Centre, where the STEAM project was launched.

Nuuyoma Senior Secondary School from the Omusati Region, Wennie Du Plessis Senior Secondary School in the Omaheke Region, P K De Villiers Secondary School from the Karas Region and Hans Daniel Namuhuya Secondary School from Oshikoto were selected as the first cohort into the programme. 

Their selection was based on the longstanding relationship with the Bank and previous computer donations that had been made to the schools’ computer labs.

"As part of the project, learners will be challenged to use STEAM skills to create solutions that address the needs and challenges they face within their respective communities and regions,” the Deputy Minister said.

“As such, the project will aim to cultivate innovative thinking among learners and prepare them for future jobs, future challenges, and technological advancements. This will further enhance competitiveness among students, providing an opportunity for cutting-edge solutions that will benefit schools and communities at large."

Caley described the project as one that would open the door to boundless opportunities, and empower the youth to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.

The Deputy Minister further stated that the launch of the initiative signifies a shared commitment to providing students with the skills and knowledge to excel in a rapidly changing world.

Meanwhile, BoN Governor Johannes !Gawaxab encouraged the students to embrace the opportunity with open minds and unlock their endless potential. 

"Take every moment as a chance to learn, experiment, and create. The knowledge and skills you gain through this initiative will not only open doors for you but also contribute to the growth and development of our great nation. Remember that you are the future architects of our digital landscape, and your potential is boundless," he said.





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Last modified on Tuesday, 19 September 2023 15:59

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