UNICEF Jordan has partnered with Microsoft in a programme aimed at introducing young people to computer coding. Called the ‘Hour of Code,’ the initiative is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.
“At the rate we are going, in five years we will have a serious shortage of computer programmers because everyone is just using already made programmes, and not many are writing codes, “ said Ayman Afanah, Microsoft Jordan’s Technology Evangelist.
Microsoft will offer the one hour coding experience at Makani Centres throughout Jordan. These are UNICEF supported centres that use an integrated approach to expand protection, learning and youth engagement opportunities for over 90,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Under the Makani initiative, UNICEF adopts an innovative approach, using IT-enabled platforms to scale-up access to quality learning opportunities.
“The one hour of coding is just one of the many innovative strategies that UNICEF intends to use to expand education opportunities to vulnerable children and youth at the Makani centres,” said the UNICEF Public & Private Partnerships Specialist, Silene Martine Almeras.
Being implemented the world over by Microsoft under the “Imagine campaign”, over 15 million young people have already been through the one hour of coding session. It is open to everyone who can use a computer, smartphone or tablet. The one hour of coding offers basic coding skills to help nurture creativity and problem solving skills in-order to prepare students for a career of their choice.