Super Mario to help pupils jump tech skills gap as Nintendo backs digital schools venture

According to the Telegraph, Super Mario is set to take his place in UK schools as Japanese gaming giant Nintendo announced it is joining the ‘Digital Schoolhouse’ programme.

The not-for-profit initiative organised by UKIE is the UK video game industry’s answer to the growing skills gap in the country’s technology sector, aiming to teach children about computing, technology video games and esports through ‘play-based learning’.

Nintendo will join as lead partner, providing hardware for the programme that aims to reach 32,000 pupils in 55 British schools and colleges, using games to teach skills transferable to the workplace.

Nintendo had already taken part in UK schooling programmes with its ‘Labo’ kits, which taught basic engineering via the construction of cardboard toys. There are also 215 undergraduate courses related to gaming in Universities across the country, with specific modules spanning areas such as business and broadcast.

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