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It is imperative to adapt early childhood education to the labor market requirements of the future

Teaching programming is no longer exclusively for professional education but is now also included in schools in countries such as the United States and England as the market is being reshaped by technology

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Can you imagine sending your children to a school that goes beyond traditional subjects such as grammar and science? Countries such as the United States, India, and England consider the teaching of programming a priority, making the study of this discipline mandatory from an early age. Through programming, it is possible to mix playful learning with practice.

A survey done by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22% job growth rate for developers between 2020 and 2030, a much higher growth rate compared to the 4% rate for other professions. In this scenario, I question: “Is Brazil prepared for this new digital era? And how is education training people prepared to face this new reality?”

Programming education has been growing in Brazil and there are two main reasons for this, the first is the rise of global technology, which is something that has become a major disruptive force throughout the world economy. And then we have the increase in education focused on technical areas.

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However, there is still little talk about early childhood education. The point is that in Brazil, this type of education is still seen as inaccessible. But, there is an opportunity for a more attentive look from schools and public education bodies to the professions of the future.

According to LinkedIn, 9 out of every 15 new jobs are related to technology, and according to the Association of Information, Technology and Communication Companies and Digital Technologies, there will be a deficit of professionals in the IT area in Brazil, which will reach approximately 795,000 vacancies by 2025.

The “new language” revolution

According to Klauss Schwab, the 4th industrial revolution began in 2014, shaped by the rise of technologies such as IoT, AI, and robotics, among other innovations that directly impact business models, the lives of individuals, and of course, the world economy.

According to Peter Diamandis, today there are more than 20 billion devices connected to the internet, that is, companies are becoming more and more technological and demanding professionals experienced in data and programming. In addition to all the everyday life that has been transforming in an accelerated way, especially after COVID.

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Several countries have already noticed the importance of the “new language” and of teaching programming to children, and have included it in their official curricula. Israel was a pioneer in teaching the subject in schools, since the 1970s. England was the first European country to introduce it in 2015. Recently, in 2020, Singapore also made it compulsory to teach this language in schools.

Courses must be tailored to teach children specific coding languages, respecting each student’s learning pace. This includes individualized attention and guidance so that each individual gets passionate about learning.

Designing and developing games and apps helps creative thinking and improves problem-solving skills in an enjoyable way. It is recommended to teach from the age of six, the age at which children are literate. If in the future everything is going to be coded, it is much safer to be among those who can program.

And if learning to program is good, learning early is even better. With digitalization increasingly present in education, childhood is the perfect time to start something new, and it is up to adults to provide children with the skills of the future.