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Ireland aims to be coding king of the world with school training scheme

Published 11/11/2015 | 02:30

The Hour of Code aims to pass on skills to children by introducing 100m students to computer science
The Hour of Code aims to pass on skills to children by introducing 100m students to computer science

Ireland aims to be the world leader in a global computer science programme for school children.

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The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.

Taking place from December 7-13, the Hour of Code is being coordinated in this country by its Irish partners, Excited - The Digital Learning Movement, with the Irish Independent as its media partners.

The Hour of Code aims to pass on skills to children by introducing 100m students to computer science.

Former junior education minister Ciaran Cannon is the founder of Excited - The Digital Learning Movement.

The Fine Gael TD says the movement has a specific target in mind this year.

"Last year, Ireland staged the second most Hour of Code events per capita in the world. This year we can be first," he said.

The Hour of Code builds upon the success of the CoderDojos, the free computer science club which forms part of an international network of such clubs organised by committed volunteers.

And Mr Cannon says computer science must rank on the list of major subjects being taught to children.

"It is a subject that can empower our children to gain an even deeper understanding of our modern world and in that process acquire many other complimentary skills that will serve them well through life," he says.

Irish Independent

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