The basics of video games design is to be added to the Scottish National Curriculum as part of the new system announced as the 'Curriculum of Excellence'.
This strategy is to help educate a new generation of programmers and will teach children how to create animations and feature films using software.
"There is huge confidence that Scotland will continue to play an important part in the future of video games and interactive entertainment and we are focusing on establishing firm foundations for lifelong learning and, for some, specialised study and careers," says Maureen Watt, Scotland's Minister for Schools and Skills.
"A key aim of Curriculum for Excellence is to produce informed, skilled, adaptable and enterprising citizens of the future."
"The pace of change in the world means that we should be equipping young people with the skills to embrace and use all the tools of modern life."
It's certainly better than just learning how to type a letter or add background colour to an excel spreadsheet. Hopefully if the scheme proved useful it could spread to the rest of the United Kingdom.
"The draft outcomes for our new curriculum are intended to help teachers make teaching more relevant, exciting and engaging. Technologies are important areas of the whole learning process and we are keen to receive feedback on the outcomes from professionals."
Scotland of course has already given so much to the gaming world through Rockstar North, the shiniest jewel in the Rockstar Games crown.
Scottish schools to have 'games' added to the National Curriculum
14 April 2008 | By Jamie Davey