Nintendo UK announced that it is the new lead partner for Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse, an initiative that encourages ‘play-based’ learning in primary school classrooms (via Eurogamer).
The Digital Schoolhouse supports the computing curriculum in primary education and offers workshops and an online resource library, to inspire pupils to innovate and prepare them for the modern digital economy. As its lead partner, Nintendo UK will continue Ukie’s previous efforts, and hold a Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle. Pupils from over 50 schools across the UK will compete, host, and produce the tournament to bridge the gap between education and the industry.
‘Nintendo UK is extremely excited to be working together with Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse as lead partner,’ said Nintendo UK head of communications Kalpesh Tailor. ‘The Digital Schoolhouse programme uniquely combines computing, fun, creativity and innovation, all of which are synonymous and at the heart of Nintendo’s values.’
Director of Digital Schoolhouse Shahneila Saeed added, ‘We’re delighted Nintendo UK has agreed to throw its support behind Digital Schoolhouse. DSH has evolved enormously in just three years and their support means we can reach more pupils and teachers than ever with our transformative and inspiring programme.’
Since 2014, the Digital Schoolhouse initiative has reached almost 60,000 pupils, and the collaborative partners hope to impress another 32,000 young people in the next academic year. ‘To date, these partnerships have helped DSH achieve national expansion and rapid growth, which is testament to the significant commitment from schools across the country to improve their digital skills provision. Nintendo is the latest global company to pick up the baton and push forward the programme,’ Saeed stated.
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