CoderDojo Bucharest workshops continue with the seventh edition. A new generation of children acquire digital skills

866

CoderDojo Bucharest workshops, supported by Telekom Romania Foundation and Coder Dojo Bucharest Association, are now available for children between 8 and 17 years old, passionate about technology or curious to discover the secrets of programming. The workshops are free of charge and take place throughout the 2019-2020 school year, once a month, on Saturdays1.

To apply, those interested must complete the online form available under the program they wish to follow. At this year’s edition, 24 workshops are available, divided into 3 categories, according to the age of the participants, but also to the level of preparation, as follows:

  • Explorer, dedicated to children aged 8-12 years old, who want to discover the notions of programming;
  • Adventurer, for children aged 12-15 years old, who want to start exploring technologies by learning programming languages that use lines of code;
  • Master, for teenagers who want to prepare for an IT career and aim to develop their skills by working with formalized algorithms, arduino or web technologies.

For the seventh year in a row, Telekom Romania Foundation alongside the volunteers from Coder Dojo Bucharest Association are partners in training and improving the digital skills of children and adolescents, so they can integrate into a changing labour market. Specialists with skills in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are increasingly sought, as the analysis carried out by the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training shows, which mentions that the demand for STEM professionals is expected to grow by around 8% between 2013 and 2025, while 3% is the average growth forecast for all occupations.

The process of accelerated transformation of the labour market is a real challenge for the education and training systems around the world, which must be reinvented in order to prepare specialists for jobs that, until a few years ago, we have never heard of or that will emerge as a result of the digitization and robotization of some sectors of activity. Now, when we say literacy, we refer to a concept and a process that are completely different from a generation ago. CoderDojo workshops directly contribute to digital literacy. The workforce of today and of tomorrow will understand, carry out or monitor IT activities. Therefore, preparing the young generation to succeed in integrating on an innovative labour market is a responsibility we cannot ignore”, stated Ruxandra Vodă, President, Telekom Romania Foundation.

The workshops are conducted with the support and coordination of 60 volunteers, and the first meetings will take place in September, in two locations:

  • Băneasa Business & Technology Park, 42-44 Bucureşti-Ploieşti Road, building A, 2nd floor, location where the workshops are held for the seventh consecutive year;

and

  • ASE – FABIZ, a new location, the building of the Academy of Economic Studies in Calea Griviței, where the activities will be organised with the support of the Telekom Foundation and OMV Petrom S.A.

CoderDojo is an international movement, which started in Ireland in 2011, with the main purpose to create an informal space for kids that are interested in discovering the world of programming, through regular sessions outside the school. At CoderDojo, children learn to code, to develop websites, applications, programs, games, and many more. Dojos are initiated, conducted and mentored by volunteers. CoderDojo turns programming into a social and fun experience.

CoderDojo Bucharest, supported by Telekom Romania Foundation, is one of the first CoderDojo concept organized in Romania.

1 Some workshops for teenagers are held bimonthly or weekly, information mentioned in the workshop’s description.