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Russia | IT for Youth | 27 Oct 2016

One of the most significant recent achievements of IT4Youth has been launching the nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs to provide young people from all backgrounds with the chance to start/continue their Computer Science education and learn programming skills that are becoming a necessary requisite for many technology careers.

To make this happen, the project staff designed basic and intermediate coding club curricula and important resources that would help teachers to launch their coding clubs and use creative tools to get children excited about programming. The coding club curriculum was introduced to school teachers during open online training sessions and face-to-face events organized by project training centers in 20 Russian localities. Thanks to the professional development training, 1000+ teachers learned how to empower kids with technology through creativity and learning.

Thanks to all these efforts, 300+ coding clubs were formed across Russia to give teachers and school kids access to the necessary facilities and resources to enjoy creative lessons on coding.

Up to date, over 80,000 youngsters aged 8 to 15 throughout Russia have benefitted from the code clubs. Kids attending the after-school classes are taught how to code, develop websites, apps, programs and games. Using their imaginations and making creative projects, they’re learning how to be digital creators that will make a positive change to continue education, their lives and future job prospects.

The Code club movement has gotten recognition from the local authorities and IT companies in several regions of Russia. 

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