Practicing the Hour of Code in Cambodia

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Global movement connects Cambodians to coding

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Development Innovations’ staff participated in the global computer science movement “The Hour of Code” by visiting SOLS 24/7 Cambodia to help teach young students how to code by creating a simple game. [Photo Credit: Development Innovations]
In December 2015, more than 100 million students in 180 countries joined the global computer science movement called “The Hour of Code” to learn basic coding skills and promote IT education. Many Cambodians know how to use smartphones and play video games, yet they don’t know how to create the code that makes them possible. Kruy Vanna, founder of social enterprise ALien Dev and creator of the successful Khmer-language typing application Khmer Smart Keyboard says: “One in three Cambodians now has a smartphone. There is no better time to start coding!”

This year, Cambodia’s civil society, technology communities, and schools were invited to introduce ‘The Hour of Code’ to as many students as possible. This event was introduced by educational institution IT Academy STEP, with support from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S Embassy, the British Embassy, and the European Chamber of Commerce. Development Innovations and hundreds of students from 23 different schools joined the global computer science movement across the city. Participants included IT Academy STEP, Canadian International School, iCAN International School, Liger Learning Centre, AHHA Educational Centre (former SOLS 24/7), American Intercon School, World International School and First International Cambodian American School.

The Hour of Code is a fun, easy, and exciting way to learn computer programming and requires no prior coding skills or training. Ms. Nataly Rodianova, Managing Director of IT Academy STEP Cambodia said “Some might think coding is complicated and boring, but the “Hour of Code” proves coding can be interesting! It was a pleasure to get children involved…and observe how excited they are about learning computer science. These kids are the future of Cambodia and getting familiar with technology from the very young age is a great asset!” In this one hour, children see how easy and rewarding computer programming can be. Mr. Vatharith Oum, a volunteer instructor for the Hour of Code said, “It was a rewarding experience seeing young Cambodian kids getting excited every time they managed to complete each puzzle of the Angry Birds.”

For more information and resources for learning basic coding: www.code.org
For more information on IT Step Academy:
www.cambodia.itstep.org

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