I was pleased to read on the Prosperity Blog that coding lessons for teenagers are spreading globally. The ‘Kid-code-teaching-classes’ which started in Ireland are to launch in San Francisco at the end of this month.
One of the main areas in which I am currently recruiting is the C++ Software Developer for investment banks and hedge funds. Many of the most talented developers learnt whilst at school, but this is something that the UK doesn’t seem to do well so it good to hear about CoderDojo.
Founded by teen James Whelton in 2011 and philanthropist Bill Liao, CoderDojo is a not-for-profit organisation that has caught the imagination of many. Volunteers give their time to help children and teens learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.
The CoderDojo website gives full details of how volunteers and mentors can get involved andhow to set up a Dojo. In a presentation to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education, CoderDojo recommended the introduction of Coding in second level curriculum, with a similar implementation to that of music or art.
The initiative has also spread to London and has ‘Dojos’ at 11 locations in the Republic of Ireland.