Sunday 22 September 2019

Ireland's coding teachers plead for more mentors

Mary Moloney, CEO, CoderDojo
Mary Moloney, CEO, CoderDojo

Jane O'Faherty

Ireland's coding community urgently requires mentors, experts have warned.

The call was made by CoderDojo, the country's leading volunteer-led organisation in teaching coding, which is looking to expand.

The charity, which was founded in Cork four years ago, has provided free classes in coding for up to 70,000 people both in Ireland and abroad.

Now, it is calling for volunteers to help address a growing demand for classes across Ireland. The classes cover programmes such as Scratch, TouchDevelop, HTML, Javascript and Project Spark.

Mary Moloney, CEO of CoderDojo, said that the charitable organisation had reached an additional 40,000 children around the world this year.

"As of this week, we are in 63 countries around the world," she told the Irish Independent.

"There are 180 dojos currently in Ireland, with 5,000 kids coming in on a weekly basis," she added. "All of them need mentors to help out."

She also said that all of the dojos in the country are struggling to cope with waiting lists.

"One example is Dún Laoghaire, where there are 200 kids on a waiting list," she said.

CoderDojo made the call at an event in Microsoft's headquarters in Dublin, ahead of a national 'Hour of Code' event in December.

Irish Independent

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