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Coding Club paves the way for ICT career

Minister for Employment and Learning, Dr. Stephen Farry MLA, attended the prize giving for the students of Belfast Metropolitan College’s CoderDojo.
Monday, 10 December 2012

CoderDojo is a movement orientated around running free not-for-profit coding clubs which teach young people to learn how to write computer code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more.

Minister Farry said: “I welcome the opportunity to present prizes and certificates to young people who are pursuing and developing an interest in computer programming and software development. ICT, and particularly software development, will be extremely important in ensuring our local economy experiences expansion and growth and these young people will hopefully be contributing to that growth in the not too distant future.

“It is vitally important that we encourage young people to pursue an interest in this area and that we ensure young people find these activities enjoyable and fulfilling. Initiatives such as this CoderDojo at Belfast Metropolitan College, and tools like the Raspberry Pi device, help ensure that our young people develop their skills in an accessible, interesting and exciting format.”

CoderDojo makes development and coding fun and Belfast Metropolitan College try to make it a sociable and rewarding experience which will hopefully encourage young people to pursue a career in ICT.

Justin Edwards, Director of Curriculum and Assistant Chief Executive Officer of Belfast Metropolitan College, said: “The College embarked on the CoderDojo as an initiative to promote and encourage software engineering from an early age. The initiative has been more successful than we could have imagined and this is down to the support from industry, volunteer staff from our own college and, of course, parents. We hope to develop the initiative further, helping create the programmers and imagineers of tomorrow.”

Notes to editors:

  1. All media enquiries should be directed to the Department for Employment and Learning Communications Branch on 028 9025 7466. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715 440 and your call will be returned.
  2. Photographs from the event are available by contacting the Department for Employment and Learning Communications Branch on 028 9025 7793.