Last weekend, The Dariu Foundation, in collaboration with local education partners, celebrated the end of the Summer Code-Camp 2019, marking the participation of 10,340 rural children in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.
The Summer Code-Camp was launched between April and July 2019, aiming to create access for rural children to free computers and digital skills training courses during their summer time. By the end of July 2019, there were over 10,000 children participating in Dariu’s funded mobile classrooms for coding skills in Scratch, Micro:bit in Vinh Long, Tien Giang, Hau Giang provinces and other local schools in the Delta.
A group of three students, 13 years old, in Tien Giang province used Micro:bit to program a smart home, with automatic doors, lighting and watering systems. The project stunned adults and educators in the hall. “I could not image how these kids can make a real smart home, that I thought only graduates can do” said Hon Phan, deputy director of district education department. “I wish there were more opportunities and support for our kids, so that they can create many more innovative and practical projects in the future” he added.
30 projects were selected from hundreds of ideas created by students to showcase at the Summer Code-Camp ceremony, of which three were awarded as the most innovative and excellent ones. It is expected that many more projects will be created by the rural students in the next competition.