How can we inspire the new generation to learn coding in rural areas?
Various studies have shown that education is a pathway to improving the socioeconomic outcomes and well-being of youth and adolescents.
While equitable education between rural and urban settings largely depends on the public education system of the country, the gap still persists, not to mention the demand for new 21st-century skills that require up-to-date school curricula to meet industry demands.
As a technology social enterprise, we feel responsible for contributing to the digital upskilling of young people. Kawsang has been collaborating with the Ministry of Education, local NGOs, and international partners, working with schools in communities to implement a Computational Thinking curriculum.
Additionally, we run a pro-bono monthly Hour of Code program to inspire the new generation to learn to code and have fun with it. Our target is rural areas to bridge the urban-rural education gap, introducing rural students to coding and sparking their interest in problem-solving and coding.
Hour of Code session at Children's Future International Organization (Battambang) on August 10, 2023.
From August 2022 to August 2023, we conducted 21 Hour of Code sessions, covering three provinces in Cambodia, with 258 students and 53 teachers in attendance. Below is a summary of our achievements.
These results would not have been possible without the unwavering commitment and personal passion of our team. Special thanks to our ICT Trainer and Facilitator, Sopeak Ros and Sophat Chy.
Kawsang is an international partner of code.org. We are grateful to code.org for creating and providing free learning resources to promote computer science worldwide.