The Young Engineers and Scientists of Africa (YESA) is an initiative aimed at increasing the pipeline Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Innovation (STEMI). YESA interventions operate from Grades 0-12 and are designed to supplement the national curriculum in a stimulating and challenging environment to promote creativity and innovation. All interventions are aimed at addressing the gaps in the developmental stages of providing support to learners through a broad range of activities.
A visit to Elukholweni Farm School (07/08/15) on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. I had visited the school a few years back as part of the FabKids project and am pleased with the progress that has been made.
Nationally and globally a desperate shortage in software development skills is being experienced. The following quote from a CEO summarizes the plight of Software companies.“I have to turn down work because of a lack of staff. If I could employ 50 developers tomorrow, I would immediately.”
In contrast to well-known professions such as Engineering, Accounting and Medical, it is very difficult for learners at school to have a correct perspective on programming as a career. This is worsened when they are in schools where IT is not offered, and in a region where very few programmers actually work. A lack of exposure often leads to learners with potential not to choose IT as a career.