Code Club seeks donations to help kids code

Code Club, a nationwide, after-school coding club for children aged 10-11, is looking for funding, in order to protect the UK's tech future. Co-founder Clare Sutcliffe told .net it's important to inspire children to learn to code, but the current Information Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum is in a poor, unexciting state, causing children to drop the subject in droves. "It's mostly about learning to use software, skills often rendered worthless, because software changes so much over time," she said. "We teach physics because our world is ruled by the laws of physics, and so with us living in a digital age, we should also be teaching our children how to create software – not just how to use it."

To date, Code Club has had over 1,300 volunteers sign up to teach, from across the UK, and over 100 primary schools looking for a programmer to come and set up a Code Club. "And that's before we've even started talking to schools or other other educational organisations," added Sutcliffe. Coder and consultant Seb Lee-Delisle thinks such enthusiasm is great news, because Code Club could rapidly become essential: "Although it's great [Secretary of State for Education] Michael Gove has decided to change the existing ICT curriculum (BBC News), teachers have been left confused regarding what it will contain. Code Club is therefore the best way to support teachers and get passionate industry leaders to come and get kids excited about the possibilities that programming opens up. More importantly, it's a super fast way to get great programming guidance into schools, without having to wait for the authorities to make up their minds as to what this new curriculum will contain."

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