[South Africa] EXPLORE Data Science Academy launches new online courses
10-01-2019 06:16:01 | by: Nixon Kanali | hits: 2370 | Tags:

The EXPLORE Data Science Academy (EDSA) has announced an online course and a series of data science competitions aimed at making ‘job future’ skills available to South African high school students.

From February 11, scholars between Grades 10 and 12 will be able to access ‘Data Science for High School’ online. Priced at just R249 a month, the 10-month course teaches the fundamentals of data science and exposes students to Python programming, data visualisation and some basic machine learning algorithms.

“As an Academy, we’re concerned that vital future skills are not being taught at our high schools.  We’ve also priced the course to make it affordable to as broad a spectrum of scholars as possible,” said Dippnall, a co-founder of the EXPLORE Data Science Academy.   

“The jobs of the future are very different to today,” Dippnall adds. “To succeed in 2025 youngsters will need to be creative problem solvers who write code and are able to solve complex software algorithms.

In addition to the online course, EXPLORE also announced that it will be holding two competitions later this year, which will involve scholars competing against each other in order to solve complex problems using data science techniques. Entrance is free.

Explore Data Science Academy, is South Africa’s first exclusively data science training institution. The academy was launched in 2017 to an opportunity for 100 young South Africans to embark on a career in data science.

Kicking off the initiative was the announcement of a R50-million investment by BCX for 300 internships to the Academy’s one-year Accredited Skills Data Science Programme, over the next three years. This investment was fuelled by the growing demand for big data analytics and BCX’s recognition of the need for this skillset within the country.