Future Benefits of Code learning

Nostalgia. It is the feeling I get when I meet any young student who wants to achieve big in their life. My journey from growing up in a middle-class family in Tier-3 city to starting up in a metropolitan city has shaped my understanding of steps that need to be taken to be “successful” in life. However, are these steps to keep studying and getting the highest marks in the class enough to be successful? Or are they relevant in the modern-day and age of the internet where you can learn anything and everything without geography, language, and accessibility constraints?

I started observing a few differences in the families of this generation. When millennials were kids, they were asked to recite a poem or even a multiplication table whenever relatives or friends visited but things have changed nowadays. Kids these days are asked to show their apps or the games they have created. I was amazed and happy because the behavior of learning is changing from memorizing something to innovating or creating something. The future generation is learning to innovate and create.

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The learning behavior of innovation and creation has been backed by the Indian government, by bringing mandatory coding education in the National Education Policy 2020.

The intent is progressive but are we ready for this transformation as a country? Let me help you understand some of the data points.

  • 88% of the students in the country do not have access to a laptop (which is considered essential for coding education)
  • 79% of the students in the country do learn in their mother tongue (whereas English fluency is considered to be the essential part of code learning)
  • Live 1:1 teaching can’t serve 270M students. It is unscalable. (we do not have good teachers in the smaller cities even for basic subjects like Maths, Science, etc)

These data points reflect that the current landscape is not suited to enable India in its quest to revolutionize education and raising a generation of innovators and creators.
Now, let me put some light on the opportunity which can be the most important thing of the future

  • As per World Economic Forum, 890 million jobs will get created by 2030
  • As per the World Economic Forum, 65% of tomorrow's professionals will have jobs that don't exist today.
  • 170M+ students have access to the internet with the help of increasing mobile penetration and cheaper internet accessibility everywhere.

Now, you must be wondering how we can solve this problem of making a country where innovation empowers every student and problems are solved with technology at the grassroots level.
Before that, let me just put some of the conversations with the young students who dream of changing the world and I am sure they will.

  • Hitesh Anand is a student of class 6th from Patna. He wants to solve the problem of dripping water in his house with the help of a sensor that would notify him to turn off the water tap thus reducing water wastage.
  • Piyush is a student of class 12th from a village near Akola. He reads about Indian entrepreneurs such as Kunal Shah and wants to solve the operational challenges faced by the milkman in his village that he identified as a customer.
  • Eshika is a student of class 6th from Nazafgarh, Delhi. She wants to create an Indian search engine because she feels creating a search engine for our country will help us keep our data safe and not let someone outside the country control the content for us.

Stories of such children showcase their problem-solving mentality from childhood and their fierce dreams of making this world a better place.

Now, the solution lies in our surroundings. Mobile phones have become the device connecting the world, with mobile penetration growing at a rate of more than 30% every year in the country. We can conclude that we will see mobile phones becoming an inseparable part of our daily lives. These Gen-Z spend 6+ hours on mobile phones, and they are the ones helping their parents solve any technical problems. These children are growing up with technology and are true Digital Natives, We even call them Family CTOs. Tech-savvy children will be better prepared for a workforce that believes in innovating, creating, and solving things with technology. We need to create tools, content and the whole infrastructure to help these kids learn, innovate and create on their mobile phones.

Hence, CuriousJr is a mobile-first learning platform for kids that has been launched to teach coding most innovatively and enable this new generation to learn coding on the mobile phone itself. CuriousJr students can learn, code, publish their apps on the mobile itself, and share them with friends and family to try out their apps.

We at CuriousJr believe coding is a subject that can not be learned in isolation but instead is something that requires a community to learn, practice, and innovate together.

Check out the CuriousJr App, for class 1st to 12th, first time Coding on Mobile to learn, code, and publish.

CuriousJr team includes the best teachers and curious students that help empower the curious kids to conquer tomorrow with technology.

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Happy coding!