Centennial Schools in Johannesburg was born out of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to re-imagine what a high school should be. Founded by Shaun Fuchs, Centennial doesn’t require uniforms or an entrance exam, but it does have a newly constructed $175,000 esports arena, which provides a home for the newly formed gaming curriculum.
According to the schools, skills learned through esports include strategic thinking and planning, managing success and failure, time management, working with others, social skills, and pro-social skills. And, with the new facility featuring more than 30 gaming machines, screens, chairs, six Xbox racing simulators, and a lab to learn about podcasting and shoutcasting, students are in a much better position to learn those aforementioned skills.
The new esports curriculum also offers courses in video editing, music score and composition, creating marketing material, and much more. And, when all that work gets to be too much, the arena also includes a lounge area with 70-inch TVs and a café for students to eat and hang out.
So, if you’re a young South African who wants to make his or her career in esports happen, there’s only one realistic choice: Centennial Schools in Johannesburg. Just the sight of the 3,300-square-foot arena is sure to impress.