Esports, or competitive video gaming, has gained significant importance for school learners in recent years. The list of opportunities and benefits that video games, especially esports, offers Africa’s youth is extensive.
Africa Games Week’s new Play Games Africa conference will be highlighting the importance of esports in education, and in schools in particular. We are hoping to see representatives from schools across Africa in attendance at Africa Games Week this year.
Here are 7 Key Benefits of Esports in Africa’s Youth
Skill Development: Esports involves strategic thinking,
problem-solving, teamwork, and decision-making. Students who engage in esports
can develop and enhance various skills such as critical thinking, hand-eye
coordination, multitasking, communication, and adaptability. These skills are
transferable and valuable in academic settings and future careers.
Engagement and Motivation: Many students are keenly interested
in video games, and esports provides an avenue for them to channel their
passion into a productive and educational activity. By integrating esports into
schools, educators can increase student engagement and motivation, leading to
improved attendance, participation, and overall academic performance.
Social Interaction: Esports provides opportunities for
students to interact and collaborate with their peers. Whether playing on a
team or participating in esports events, students can build social connections,
develop friendships, and learn valuable social skills. Esports encourages
teamwork, communication, and cooperation, fostering a sense of belonging and
community among learners.
Career Pathways: The esports industry is experiencing rapid growth
and offers diverse career opportunities. By involving students in esports,
schools can expose them to potential career paths such as professional gaming,
game development, event management, marketing, broadcasting, and many more.
Students can gain valuable insights into the industry and develop relevant
skills that may benefit them in their future endeavors.
Technology and Digital Literacy: Esports requires the use of
technology and digital platforms, which helps students become more tech-savvy
and comfortable with digital tools. As technology becomes increasingly integral
to various fields, having a strong foundation in technology and digital
literacy is crucial for students’ future success.
Scholarships and Education Opportunities: Many colleges and universities
now offer esports scholarships, recognising the value of esports as a
competitive and educational pursuit. By excelling in esports, students can
potentially secure scholarships to further their education, combining their
passion for gaming with academic pursuits.
Inclusivity and Diversity: Esports provides a platform where students from diverse backgrounds can participate and compete on an equal footing. It breaks down barriers and promotes inclusivity by focusing on skill and talent rather than physical attributes. Esports offers opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women, to excel and make their mark in a traditionally male-dominated industry.
Overall, esports offers a range of benefits for school learners, including skill development, engagement, social interaction, career exploration, technology literacy, educational opportunities, and fostering inclusivity. By embracing esports, schools can tap into students’ interests, empower them to thrive, and prepare them for the digital world they will navigate in the future.
Africa Games Week will be taking place between the 27th of November and the 2nd of December 2023 at Workshop 17, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.
Get your tickets here: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/219336-africa-games-week-2023.
Keep up to date on all things Africa Games Week here: https://gamesweek.africa/