We are very excited and pleased to report the launch of our latest project: CODE LITERACY.
In Vietnam, computer literacy is still an unaffordable luxury for most children, especially in the rural areas. In most schools, there are no computers for students to learn basic computer skills. Therefore, the gap between kids in the urban and rural areas is widening and poverty is driving poor rural kids out of schools, making their future more vulnerable.The same is true for code literacy. The rural youth completely lack access to code literacy education.
Learning to code will help prepare the kids for the world they live in today. The skills that come with computer programming help kids develop new ways of thinking and foster problem-solving techniques that can have big repercussions in other areas. Programming is too important to be left just to computer science departments – it can be taught effectively outside of computer science. Beyond the practical reasons for learning how to code, there’s the fact that creating a game or animation can be really fun for kids.
The Dariu Foundation recognises the importance of code literacy and we have started our program HOUR OF CODE where we will provide code literacy to 25,000 youth in 2018, 40,000 youth in 2019 and 75,000 youth in 2020.
And here is what else was going on in the last weeks:
Nam Cat Tien Kindergarten (Tan Phu, Dong Nai Province) completed the construction and has been under operation since early January, 2018
Conducting 04 TOT training workshops for 120 local teachers in Vinh Long and Tien Giang as one of the first activities of the project “Enabling Boat for Youths in Mekong Delta”, funded by Microsoft .
Within the Toyota Vocational Scholarship Program, we organised a “Recycled Materials Art Competition” for students at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Education and maintain the proposed activities as addressed in the program schedule.
1300 students were selected to receive scholarship gifts, which include 100 bicycles and 1100 gift-packages (each package includes a backpack, a notebook and pens).
We are preparing the logistics to implement 5 more mobiles schools for next semester, which will start in June 2018, including purchasing laptops and coordinating with school committees.