It is clear that we already live in a world that is ruled by technology. The use of mobile phones help us get in contact with people from afar. We now shop online, get directions to places by the web. This and many more points out to a digital revolution amongst the next generation.
This calls for the need; that every child needs to understand the language of computer. Software is becoming the layer of lives, it is the current language of our world. It will be a disaster not to be able to understand the computer language, as this will eventually make one an illiterate in the coming future. This doesn’t call for all children to become software engineers or belong to the tech industry, but rather promote computational thinking. Computational thinking teaches you how to tackle and solve large problems by breaking them down into smaller and manageable ways. Computational thinking is a skill that everyone must learn.
In Ghana now, the rate at which kids and teens understand the language of computer is very low. Despite the era that we are living in now, less than 20% of kids and teens in Ghana understand the language of computer and can even code. This is terrible because the future does not look promising for the nation. As compared to other kids in different countries such as China, the U.S.A and even other African countries like South Africa and Rwanda, the rate of computer literacy is high.
The United Kingdom currently promotes the study of computer coding in basic schools. The same can be emulated in Ghana.
Research by the World Economic Forum estimates, 65% of children entering primary school will find themselves in occupations that today do not exist.
Nowadays, soft skills are more valuable than hard skills for one reason: everything changes so fast, that your ability to adapt to changing circumstances, continuously learn new trends, think systematically and be proactive – these are the skills that are normally valued the most now.
The lack of computer literacy among kids and teens in Ghana will sooner or later leave them behind and therefore, computer language must be thought at the earliest stage of the child.
What the government of Ghana, stake holders and the educational board in the nation must do is, they must see to it that computer language is a major lesson or subject to be taught in primary and high schools. When this is achieved, it is assured that kids and teens will have an auspicious future.
The benefits of engaging or teaching the kids and teens of today to become computer literate and also computational thinkers wont only result in promoting the nation in software or technology but also other sectors of the country. The use of drones in the agriculture sector is one of the major facts that technology yields in all sectors of the nation. With this our young people can also develop drones in Ghana and perhaps come up with other technological ideas and equipment that will benefit the nation in the future.
In conclusion, if kids and teens adapt computational thinking now, and technology is being used regularly to enhance their studies and skills set, Ghana will be on the verge of becoming one of the technologically advanced countries in the near future.