One of the key actions to improve the modern world is improving the way we learn stuff. Everywhere around the planet, there are people wishing to learn new things and improve themselves and their lives. In first world countries, the knowledge is all around us and it’s available to anyone who wishes to learn and study – there are many courses available, many workshops and actions that create the value of learning and bring it to everyone. But in developing countries, where the cost of foreign online courses and equipment is high, the way of learning and finding out about new things may be harder than we think. That is why anyone who has the opportunity to help should help, and give even the smallest parts of their time to improve the local community.
The CoderDojo movement is the movement started in Dublin, Ireland. It focuses on interactive workshops and courses to help kids and young people learn new things around technology such as programming, game development, hardware-based stuff, web development and such.
The idea behind a CoderDojo club is peer-to-peer learning – young people come to the club and learn from each other while being guided by mentors.
The CoderDojo is one big global family that gets together in a lot of places, both real world and virtual, to exchange their experiences, knowledge, and fun. There are many events held around the world, and anyone interested can attend.
It is built around the idea of a non-profit community that helps the youngest achieve their goals from a young age. From our experience, children are impressed by the modern world around them and are eager to research and learn everything they find interesting. They are amazed by the technology and what it does, and the Dojo helps them on their journey.
In developing countries, the idea of the non-profit is very important because not all kids have the luxury of learning to program – they may not have the internet or not even a computer where they could try the stuff they want and discover new things online.
The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of technology and logic behind the programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, and that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.
There is enough knowledge for everyone – those who possess it should be willing to share it and help those who don’t, but wish they did.
On the official website, you can search through all of the Dojos in the world, and if you find one near you, you could attend. You can become the mentor and help the kids on their path.
There are 3 tiers of CoderDojo activists – Champion, Mentor, and Ninja.
Champion is the one who founded the Dojo club in their local hometown or area. They make sure that everything is in accordance with the global CoderDojo movement principles, and they are usually also mentors. They are something similar to the CEO of the company, managing all the legal activities such as events and workshops.
Mentors hold these workshops and courses and actively work on improving them so they can suit the children in the best possible way. Most of the time, mentors are professionals from technology areas such as software development, hardware, marketing and such, and share their knowledge with the kids by making and holding interactive courses, workshops, and events. They promote the peer-to-peer learning model, help the kids learn and motivate them to discover the world around them on their own while having fun and making great friendships.
Ninjas are kids who attend the Dojo. All of the kids are amazing and thirsty for knowledge – they are always more creative than adults, and mentors always have something new to learn from them.
There are many events that are held by the Dojo. One of the greatest is Coolest Projects – Dojos all around the world gather in Dublin to showcase the amazing projects their ninjas made. It is built like a big conference focused on children and making multicultural friendships and knowledge.
This way of learning should be even more popular, and that is what this world needs – many people willing to spare their time and effort to help in the improvement of the new, rising young talents. The will to learn is always present and we should feed it by sharing our knowledge with anyone who needs it.