The Quad Foróige Youth Centre is to set up innovative new computer programmes for young people 10-18 years in Roscommon town. On Tuesday, July 23rd the centre hosted a public meeting about the setting up of a CoderDojo and Techspace programme. Minister of State for Training & Skills, Ciaran Cannon and Lindsay MacVean of the Hello World Foundation (and CoderDojo Ambassador) attended the meeting, along with a number of potential volunteer mentors, parents and the general public.
“We believe that these two initiatives will enable young people to develop vital skills. All young people should have the opportunity to learn how to code in light of the technological advancements which are creating jobs and encouraging creativity,” said Megan Depinna, Roscommon Foróige Project Worker.
“Foróige firmly believes that this community needs to offer IT and coding programmes to our young people.
“What we need now are volunteers who have an interest in IT who would be interested in empowering young people in the area by teaching them valuable technological skills. The programmes will also allow young people to develop life skills such as communication skills, teamwork and problem solving. It will also help them build confidence, make friends, meet people and develop positive relationships with adults outside of the school setting,” she added.
Plans are now underway to set up a new CoderDojo on Saturdays for up to two hours and Techspace groups during term time for young people 10-18 years.
CoderDojo is a computer programming and hi-tech skills training for young people which aims to introduce them to the world of technology and therefore increase their employment prospects. Young people taking part experience the fun of creating computer games, websites, smartphone apps and much more.
A "Techspace" is a creative space where participants are inspired to create, produce and have fun with digital technology, such as film production, digital photography and animation.
"The Quad Foróige Youth Project has provided a range of computerised programmes for young people aged 10-18 years, ranging from Coderdojo, Film Making and Animation. “Through these education initiatives, we have seen young people gain new skills, experience the world of technology in a new way and gain confidence in their abilities.
“Technology is paving the way in providing employment for the future of young people and we encourage all young people and volunteers to take part, even though they may have no experience in technology," said Siobhan Duane, Foróige Project Leader.
The programmes are supported by the Roscommon Lions Club.
“We’re delighted to continue our support for the CoderDoJo at the QUAD Foróige Youth Centre in Roscommon town and we encourage parents and individuals to give some time as a volunteer to help grow and develop the existing CoderDoJo clubs.
“Young people gain excellent software programming skills but they also learn good communication skills, gain confidence, learn how to share and work in a team, while at the same time enjoying themselves and having FUN," said George McCourt from Roscommon Lions Club.
"Free fun coding clubs are popping up all over the country taking part in the amazing CoderDojo collaboration started in cork by a 19yr old programmer and a philanthropic investor. Roscommon now has this opportunity to introduce the young generation to technology," said Lindsay Mac Vean, Hello World Foundation
Please contact Megan Depinna, Foróige Project Worker on 086 2566480 or by email at [email protected] for more information or an application form.