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Super Mario to feature in the classroom.

Super Mario to feature in the classroom.

 Super Mario is set to take his place in UK schools as Japanese gaming giant Nintendo announced it is joining the 'Digital Schoolhouse' programme.

The not-for-profit initiative organised by UKIE is the UK video game industry's answer to the growing skills gap in the country's technology sector, aiming to teach children about computing, technology video games and esports through 'play-based learning'.

Nintendo will join as lead partner, providing hardware for the programme that aims to reach 32,000 pupils in 55 British schools and colleges, using games to teach skills transferable to the workplace.

The company will also host the Digital Schoolhouse esports tournament, which Nintendo say will see 6000 pupils competing on cartoon fighting game Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

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