Reaching underserved audiences through inclusive and informal digital learning

We recommend giving young people opportunities to develop digital skills as part of an inclusive, informal, environment should be part of Scotland’s digital strategy. The co-ordination of CoderDojo clubs would represent a way to maximise the impact of the volunteer’s time and reduce the overheads involved with setting up and running a club.

Why the contribution is important

Young people across Scotland should be given the opportunity to learn digital skills regardless of their location, background, or if their local school offers computing as a certified subject. 

Informal coding clubs, like CoderDojo Scotland, are a way for young people across Scotland to access a rich network of volunteers willing to share their skills with the next generation. These volunteer clubs have grown across Scotland, and each month over 300 young people take part. Clubs like these allow young people to learn key digital skills as part of a fun and social experience.

by craigsteele on December 06, 2016 at 01:35PM

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  • Posted by ScotGovDigitalFraser December 07, 2016 at 10:21

    Inclusion and Equality are at the heart of this idea. It also highlights the importance of "Volunteer" networks in addressing the challenges of Digital Participation.
  • Posted by MartinCoderDojo December 08, 2016 at 15:11

    Glasgow Life partnered with CoderDojo Scotland as they are the most established coding club in Scotland. Thanks to their existing volunteer and support network it helped us quickly set up clubs with minimal overheads. Using our libraries we managed to get into the communities and offer the opportunity to learn to code to more young people and give them access to our PCs to learn there. The libraries also offer a space for young people to continue to learn about coding and technology if they have no computer or Internet access at home.
  • Posted by MartinCoderDojo December 08, 2016 at 15:17

    Glasgow Life partnered with CoderDojo Scotland as they are the most established coding club in Scotland. Thanks to their existing volunteer and support network it helped us quickly set up clubs. Using our libraries we managed to get into the communities and offer the opportunity to learn to code to more young people and give them access to our PCs to learn there. The libraries also offer a space for young people to continue to learn about coding and technology if they have no computer or Internet access at home.
  • Posted by KBG December 14, 2016 at 16:03

    Agreed. Encouraging productive and responsible activities of all kinds are welcome for youngsters especially if otherwise the opportunities would pass them by because they didn't see the relevance to everyday life.
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