CoderDojo First Nations is closing the gap with coding

closing the gap

Two of our favourite tech startups, CoderDojo and Barayamal have joined forces to bring you the very best in coding clubs for Indigenous youths while closing the gap. CoderDojo is known for its worldwide coding clubs for kids and teens, while Barayamal encourages Indigenous Australians in areas of entrepreneurship and tech.

To combat the fact that coding remains absent from most schools, CoderDojo First Nations aims to combine fun with code to get you job-ready for future careers. The new venture aims towards closing the gap and encouraging technological programs offered to Indigenous kids.

Teaching coding skills opens the door to lucrative careers. In 2014, the average weekly salary (pre-tax) for Software Programmers was $1,613, compared to an average $1,200 for other occupations. CoderDojo First Nations offers the chance to turn your ideas into tangible products, teaching you useful skills in business and entrepreneurship.

The program operates under the guidance of Dean Foley and Harry Roache-Wilson. Dean Foley is the founder of Barayamal, winner of Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Entrepreneurship Award, board member for Microsoft RAP and proud Indigenous Australian from Gunnedah in NSW. Phew, that’s a lot of achievements.

Harry Roache-Wilson is one of CoderDojo First Nations’ tutors, he studies electrical engineering and is also an entrepreneur and Startup Catalyst alumni. Harry believes that problems are just solutions that haven’t been created yet, and that his work with the program will make a real difference in the lives of the kids taking part.

“Coding is the language of computers that control most things these days including phones and cars. Our mission is to inspire and empower Indigenous youth with coding skills, confidence and opportunities to achieve their dreams and create a better world for all who live in it.” says Dean.

“We have had four other schools in Brisbane already ask us if we can run coding programs in their schools too… We want to teach every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth about entrepreneurship and how to code to empower them with skills they will need to excel in the future,” Dean said.

Want to get involved in closing the gap? Check out the program here.

-Eliza Brockwell

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Eliza Brockwell

Author: Eliza Brockwell

Eliza is passionate about creating content that encourages diversity of representation in STEM.


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