Volunteers sought to teach children computer programming

An Irish-led global computer club is seeking two volunteers from Kilkenny to help teach children how to develop websites, apps and games.

An Irish-led global computer club is seeking two volunteers from Kilkenny to help teach children how to develop websites, apps and games.

The non-profit organisation CoderDojo teaches children how to write software code, and participation is free.

CoderDojo’s mission is to open a club in every Irish town of Ireland, and there are three main requirements. First is a space with internet – an office building that has a big empty space such as a cafeteria that is not normally used on a weekend. Second are volunteers and mentors – people who will come help out, teach the sessions, help tidy up and get the space ready. And third is a champion/co-ordinator who will be present each week and be a point of contact for the initiative.

The programme’s club-class atmosphere encourages the participating children to share their knowledge, doubts and ideas. It was founded by Cork man James Whelton, who ran a computer club in his own school, Bill Liao, founder of XING and WeForest.org (an international non-profit organisation combating global warming) and a venture partner at SOS Ventures, a global venture capital and investment management firm.

Anyone interested in participating can email startup@coderdojo.com. For more information, see www.coderdojo.com.