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02-06-2016

CoderDojo are Irish winners of the European Citizen’s Prize from the European Parliament

CoderDojo is among the 50 winners of the European Citizen's Prize 2016 of the European Parliament. Since 2008, the prize has been awarded to citizens or organisations that contributed to promoting better mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens or to facilitating cross-border or transnational cooperation within the EU. The winners will receive a medal of honour at an award ceremony in their country and will be invited to a joint event in Brussels in October.

CoderDojo is a global network of free programming clubs for young people, set up in Cork, Ireland to give children between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to learn how to code and develop websites, apps, programmes and games in an informal and creative environment. In addition to learning to code participants meet like-minded people and are exposed to the possibilities of technology.

Ten years ago Coder Dojo was active in 10 Member States. In January 2016, there were over 875+ verified Dojo clubs across 63 countries. There are now 32,000 young people actively learning how to code and create in more than 875 Dojos globally. Of these, more than 550 clubs are based across Europe reaching 20,000 young people. CoderDojo was nominated for the prize by Seán Kelly MEP (Ireland South).

Sean Kelly MEP for Ireland's South Constituency said:“I want to congratulate CoderDojo, Irish recipient of the European Citizen’s Prize for 2016. The clubs have inspired thousands of children and given them the confidence to pursue a career in technology and entrepreneurship. It is a wonderful success story - a truly deserved accolade,”

"In 2013, I hosted the first ever EU Dojo event in the European Parliament. At the time, CoderDojo was little over one year old and was active in 10 member states. Now, there are over 1,010 clubs in 63 countries, 665 of those clubs are Europe-based. That's remarkable growth,"

“It is estimated that there could be up to 825,000 EU-wide ICT vacancies by 2020, because the workforce lacks specialised technology skills. “We urgently need to increase the opportunities for young people to study and work in ICT, through the mainstreaming of coding and related ICT skills from early school days and via non-formal education such as CoderDojo.”

Notes for Editors

The European Citizen's Prize

The winners were selected on Wednesday 1 June by a Chancellery in Brussels, chaired by Vice-President Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR). The Members of the Chancellery are: VP Ildikó Gallo-Pelcz (EPP, HU), VP Anneli Jäätteemaki (ALDE, FI), VP Dimitrios Papadimoulis (GUE/NGL, GR), and former EP President Enrique Barón (S&D, ES).

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