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The CoderDojo Bucharest workshops continue with the 7th edition. A new generation of children are acquiring digital skills

The CoderDojo Bucharest workshops, supported by the Telekom Romania Foundation and the Coder Dojo Bucharest Association, open their doors to children aged between 8 and 17, passionate about technology or curious to discover the secrets of programming. The workshops are free and take place during the 2019-2020 school year, once a month, on Saturdays.

To register, those interested must complete the online form available in the program they want to follow. During this year's edition, 24 workshops are available, divided into 3 categories, depending on the age of the participants, but also on the level of preparation, as follows:

  • Explorer, dedicated to children aged 8-12, who want to discover the notions of programming;
  • Adventurer, for children aged 12-15, who want to start exploring technologies by learning languages ​​that use lines of code;
  • Master, for teenagers who want to train for a career in IT and seek to develop their skills by working with formalized algorithms, Arduino or web technologies.

It is for the seventh consecutive year that the Telekom Romania Foundation is involved with volunteers from the Coder Dojo Bucharest Association in training and improving the digital skills of children and teenagers, so that they can integrate into a changing labor market. Specialists with skills in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are increasingly sought after, as shown by the analysis conducted by the European Center for the Development of Vocational Training, which states that the demand for professionals in the fields of STEM is expected to increase by about 8% between 2013 and 2025, while the average growth forecast for all occupations is 3%.

 

"The process of accelerating labor market transformation is a real challenge for education and training systems around the world, which need to be reinvented in order to prepare specialists for jobs that I had not even heard of until a few years ago or that will emerge as a result of digitization and robotization of some sectors of activity. Now, when we say literacy, we mean a completely different concept and process than a generation ago. CoderDojo workshops directly contribute to digital literacy. Today's and tomorrow's workforce will understand, perform or monitor IT activities. Therefore, the training of the young generation in order to be able to integrate in an innovative labor market, it is a responsibility that we cannot ignore”, said Ruxandra Vodă, President, Telekom Romania Foundation.

The workshops take place under the guidance and coordination of 60 volunteers, and the first meetings will take place in September, in two locations:

  • Băneasa Business & Technology Park, Bucharest-Ploieşti Road no. 42-44, building A, floor 2, location where it takes place for the seventh consecutive year;
  • ASE - FABIZ, a new location, the building of the Academy of Economic Studies from Calea Griviței, where the activities will be carried out with the support of the Telekom Foundation and OMV Petrom S.A.

 

CoderDojo is an international movement, initiated in Ireland in 2011 with the aim of providing interested children with the context in which to learn programming in an informal environment, through regular sessions, outside the school curriculum. At CoderDojo, children learn to program, develop websites, applications, programs, games and much more. Dojos are initiated, led and mentored by volunteers. CoderDojo turns programming into a social and fun experience.

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



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