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Jul 24, 2017

CoderDojo Empowering Girls Globally

CoderDojo Girls
CoderDojo Girls

CoderDojo is a volunteer led, global movement of free coding clubs for young people. Dojos operate from anywhere between 20 and 140 children on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis. We currently have 1,300 Dojos, operating in 75 countries worldwide, impacting over 40,000 young people per year, this figure grows everyday! Our main aim is to ensure all of our volunteers are as well equipped as possible to start, sustain and grow Dojo’s in their communities, we offer Champions and mentors support and guidance to do this.

Since the last report, we announced our intention to join force with the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK, as a result we are now part of the world’s largest  movement to get kids involved with coding and digital making. This merger will support the CoderDojo Foundation in becoming a stronger, more sustainable and resilient organisation advancing our mission.

While we actively encourage everyone to start a Dojo in their community, this project is specifically designed to help support and encourage more girls to join Dojo’s. Following a recent report CoderDojo By Numbers we found that just 29% of Dojo attendees (Ninja’s) are girls, we would like to create gender parity within Dojo’s by raising this figure to at least 40% over the next number of years.

Many Dojos are already taking measures to reach more young girls, we want to work with them to inspire more Dojos to join the movement to reach gender parity! This will only be achieved if everyone in the community and wider ecosystem works together to make it a priority. The funds we receive from GlobalGiving help us to encourage our global community of volunteers to actively increase the number of girls starting and participating in their Dojo’s.

What are we doing?

We are focusing on three areas;

  • Content Creation: We will be putting diversity at the forefront when we create content moving forward. We have recently published content tried, tested and approved by girls: https://coderdojo.com/news/2017/04/17/lights-on-with-wearables-sushi/ We are also going to explore more narrative based and goal setting content. We have planned a series working with wearables, one focusing on building apps using App Inventor and a third focusing on using coding skills to solve problems important to them.
  • Role Model Series: Highlighting, recognising and promoting the amazing work of Champions and mentors who are working to engage young girls. As well as inspiring ninjas to showcase examples of peer role models.
  • Girl-centric Events: Working with existing Dojos to support them in running specific girls events, across the world to increase the awareness of STEAM and its associated benefits to girls in their community.

One more area of focus this year is:

Youth Surveys, we plan on conducting more regular Youth Surveys in 2017 tohelp us learn more about the experiences of young people at CoderDojo and guide our strategy for youths through 2017 and early 2018.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our new and ongoing donors for supporting CoderDojo over the holiday period! We hope you will continue to support our vision of giving every child in the world the opportunity to learn how to code in a safe and creative environment. We would love if you could also inform your friends, family or colleagues about our work and encourage them to support us too!

CoderDojo Girls Testimonials
CoderDojo Girls Testimonials

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Apr 26, 2017

CoderDojo - Celebrate Our Latest Achievements!

CoderDojo Girls
CoderDojo Girls

CoderDojo is a volunteer led, global movement of free coding clubs for young people. This project is a global initiative to assist anyone wishing to start a free coding club in their area. Dojos operate from anywhere between 20 and 140 children on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis. To ensure our volunteers are as well equipped as possible we offer support and guidance. We currently impact over 40,000 young people worldwide.

The funds we receive from GlobalGiving help us to support and cultivate the global community so that all volunteers receive a high-quality experience as they start their Dojo. We also ensure that all volunteers have the required tools and knowledge to start sustain a Dojo, this includes educational content development for use in Dojos, best practices documentation etc. We are also working to develop the global community through running events and meetups both on and offline to cultivate the community and to create opportunities to learn and share from one another.

We currently have 1,200 Dojos, operating in 72 countries, this figure grows everyday!

One more area of focus this year is the CoderDojo Girls Initiative.

The CoderDojo Girls initiative was launched in March 2017 in conjunction with International Women’s Day. The aim is to increase the global % of girls attending Dojos from 29% to at least 40% over the next three years. Many Dojos are already taking measures to reach more young girls, we want to work with them to inspire more Dojos to join the movement to reach gender parity! This will only be achieved if everyone in the community and wider ecosystem works together to make it a priority.

Why start this initiative?

We want to help make the tech sector more inclusive and as diverse as the world we live in. Currently, 29% of young people in CoderDojo are girls and 29% of volunteers in CoderDojo are female. By supporting girls in Dojos we are helping empower girls to be tech creators. We believe all girls deserve to have to space and support to enable them the same opportunities as boys in our increasingly technological world. We don’t know what the world is going look like in 10 years time, but we know it will be powered by code!

What are we doing?

We are focusing on three areas;

  • Role Model Series: Every month we will  highlight, recognise and promote the amazing work of Champions and mentors who are working to engage young girls. As well as inspiring ninjas to showcase examples of peer role models.
  • Content Creation: We will be putting diversity at the forefront when we create content moving forward. We have recently published content tried, tested and approved by girls. We are also going to explore more narrative based and goal setting content. We have planned a series working with wearables, one focusing on building apps using App Inventor and a third focusing on using coding skills to solve problems important to them.
  • Research: In June 2017 we will be conducting the first Ninja survey which will be sent to all young people registered on Zen. This will help to measure the perspectives of the youth in CoderDojo for the first time on a global scale and in particular it will be useful to identify areas in which girls feel most confident or least confident and the motivations and influencing factors that cause them to continue with coding.
Afri-Dojo
Afri-Dojo
EU Dojo
EU Dojo

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Jan 26, 2017

CoderDojo - Support kids learning to code globally

CoderDojo, Erode, India
CoderDojo, Erode, India

CoderDojo is a worldwide movement of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people.

Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.

The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.

CoderDojo grew by 74% throughout the 18 months from 1st January 2015. In the last calendar year alone (2015) the movement grew by 46%. Most importantly in this period more than 39,600 young people aged 7 to 17, located in 63 countries globally, were reached and impacted by the movement. In addition to scale and sustainability, there have been many achievements in this period. Please click here to read the CoderDojo Foundation Q3 2016/2017 Strategy.

In addition to enabling, engaging and scaling CoderDojo, events were held throughout Europe Code Week 2016 to celebrate and engage the CoderDojo community, including #EUDojoDojoCon 2016 and MegaDojoClick here to read more.

CoderDojo is powered by generous volunteers. This project aims to ensure our volunteers feel as supported as possible when they choose to start and run a Dojo in their local communities. Ensuring these volunteers have the resources, support, tools and knowledge to start, sustain and scale Dojos is the essence of what the CoderDojo Foundation exists to do.

By providing volunteers with the tools required, we can ensure that all Ninjas (young people who attend a Dojo) have a high quality experience at their local Dojo. This is what enablement is all about, and fundamentally it's the most important strategic area of focus.

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