Nintendo UK has announced that it has become the Digital Schoolhouse programme’s new lead partner, and, with that, will help to inspire younger generations through play-based learning.
This not-for-profit programme comes from the UK games industry trade body Ukie, that, embedded in the grassroots of Computing, is projected to benefit 32,000 pupils this academic year.
That will help more than 55 schools and colleges to “bridge the gap” between industry and education, delivering an experience that will look to combine fun, innovation, and creativity with learning.
The move will also see Nintendo UK support Digital Schoolhouse’s next national schools esports tournament, resulting in the Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle – expected to reach 60 schools and colleges, and more than 6000 pupils.
This “immersive career experience” will help students develop practical and soft skills with participation in professional esports roles – such as team hosting and production – with Nintendo Switch helping them to flexibly learn anytime and anywhere.
“Nintendo UK is extremely excited to be working together with Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse as lead partner. The Digital Schoolhouse programme uniquely combines computing, fun, creativity, and innovation, all of which are synonymous and at the heart of Nintendo’s values,” explains Nintendo UK head of communications, Kalpesh Tailor.
“Through this collaborative partnership we aim to reach more teachers and pupils than ever before, in order to help inspire the next generation of young minds across the UK.
“Through Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle with Nintendo Switch, as well as through other play-based learning initiatives, we want to be able to provide young adults with fun and unique experiences that will form positive lasting memories as well as foster the development of skillsets within students which they can take with them into their future.”
Digital Schoolhouse director Shahneila Saeed adds: “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.
“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 into the next academic year.”