Almost 50 children graduate from Digicel CoderDojo club
The graduation saw the students, ranging from ages seven to 16, receive certificates of participation for the curriculum which covered topics including building a website, app creation and game design.
CoderDojo clubs are designed to allow children to explore coding in an informal, creative and fun environment. The course, which began late last year, also improved their team work, communication and problem-solving skills.
Addressing the participants, Natalie Abrahams, Chief Operating Officer of Digicel Barbados said:
“We are very proud at Digicel to be the local pioneer of such an important initiative. We started our very own CoderDojo in October last year in celebration of the island`s 50th Anniversary of Independence. When we started, there were 1,100 “Dojos” across the world. This one now makes 1,101 clubs.”
Chief Executive Officer of Digicel Barbados, Conor Looney, encouraged other community-centric companies, schools, churches and community groups to follow Digicel’s lead. He said, “Anyone can avail themselves of the online resources at www.coderdojo.com to host other Dojos locally. The resources are free and it only requires the willingness to invest the time and energy in preparing the next generation for a future where the ability to manipulate technology will not be an option, but a requirement.”
In addition to the certificates and gifts presented to each child by Digicel, participants who stood out in specific areas including most engaged, most diligent and most tenacious, also received awards. Those awardees were chosen by the mentors, the majority of whom were volunteering Digicel employees, who were joined by choice technology professionals from the private sector.
CoderDojo is a global community of free coding clubs for young people. Founded in 2011, the Dojos span across 66 countries throughout the world from Argentina to Australia, Japan to Samoa, and now thanks to Digicel, in Barbados as well.