Cape Town Animation Intern

Cambridge University Press is an educational publisher with a strong global presence. Through its company based in Cape Town, Cambridge University Press South Africa publishes and sells school textbooks for local curricula across sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Role

We are looking to appoint an Animation and Design Intern to join our Publishing team, reporting to the Publishing Manager. The position is based in Cape Town but can be remote, therefore candidates in other locations in South Africa will be considered.

In this role, the incumbent will join a small team that handles a wide publishing programme for multiple markets across sub-Saharan Africa. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to share and grow their skills in 2D animation (motion graphics) and video production, gain exposure to a range of business functions, and collaborate across commissioning teams to develop pedagogically-sound video assets to complement and extend the content in the textbook.

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How to teach Coding and Robotics in the Foundation Phase

Learn about Coding and Robotics in the Foundation Phase, and how best to teach this exciting, new subject!

Coding and Robotics is a new subject introduced by the Department of Basic Education for grade 1 – 9 in South Africa. It aims to prepare learners for the Fourth Industrial Revolution by introducing technology, processes, and ways of thinking that allow them to live and work in a digitally-enabled society. ​

Coding and Robotics Knowledge Strands

The Coding and Robotics Foundation Phase subject in grades 1 to 3 consist of the following Knowledge Strands: ​

  • Pattern Recognition and Problem Solving    ​
  • Algorithms and Coding       ​
  • Robotics Skills          ​
  • Internet and E-Communication      ​
  • Application Skills
Coding and Robotics in the Foundation Phase consists of five knowledge strands. The subject methodology is based on computational thinking and the engineering design process.

21st Century Skills

The Coding and Robotics subject is aimed at guiding and preparing learners to solve problems, think critically, work collaboratively and creatively, function in a digital and information-driven world, apply digital and ICT skills and to transfer these skills to solve everyday problems and its possibilities, including equipping learners for meaningful and successful living in a rapidly changing and transforming society. ​

Coding and Robotics can help teach 21st Century Skills in the Foundation Phase

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Introducing Diji

WhatsApp Bot for learning in local languages

South Africa is in a skills crisis, compounded by the demands of an increasingly digital world. Its citizens need to learn basic digital skills, including how to use computers and how to search for, and assess, information. These skills could enable them to start their own small business or to recognise fake news and scams online.

Online learning platforms do not cater for the majority of South Africans. The courses use too much data and are presented in a language that is not familiar to the learner. We conducted research with over 8,000 respondents and 94.5% of them wanted to learn on their cell phone and in their mother tongue language.  

With Diji, our WhatsApp chatbot, we have combined the power of WhatsApp and mother tongue language learning to develop short courses on basic digital skills for Zulu speakers. Click here to start learning digital skills on WhatsApp, in Zulu, for free!

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