Innovative ICT Education in Early Childhood: Building Young Talents for The Digital World

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Anna-Riikka Smolander
Siti R. Yusof


In the fourth industrial revolution, growth and value creation are thought to happen through innovation, adaptation to change and flexibility. Human capital is a critical factor that drives innovation ecosystem formation. To be part of this future, children must learn early to actively engage in innovative ideas through critical thinking, problem-solving and systems analysis, all of which are in high demand in the labour market in coming years. Online digital education that includes coding can help facilitate experiences for children that allow them to contextualise learning within an innovative environment. Even though Finland is a leading country in the world regarding digital performance and competitiveness, Finnish experts stress the growing need for future skills for working life: knowledge of sustainable development, digitalisation, and continuous learning. Experts stress that digital education starts at a young age. Finland's child-centred early childhood education system is one of the most impactful benefits for society. Playful methods for developing mathematical thinking, verbal and social skills embedded in multidisciplinary creative activities and creating equal preconditions for every child's holistic growth are at the centre of the national curriculum. Removing different physical or psychological barriers to learning leads to better utilising the potential lying in society. Kodarit-method concentrates on the premium educational segment, which includes high-quality teaching skills for teachers, a carefully planned curriculum, and a motivational pedagogical approach. This enables professional growth and provides skills for students, who are the centre of the pedagogical model. All the top organisations, including Kodarit Coding School in Finland, cooperate in developing these areas efficiently by sharing knowledge and examples of best practices and building a tech sector, society, and world where no one is left behind.

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