Successful Kick off Meeting of Code@Youth was held in Germany.

On November, the 11th and 12th 2016, CULTURE GOES EUROPE (CGE) Soziokulturelle Initiative Erfurt e.V., as partner organization of the KA2 Erasmus+ project, hosted a Kick off Meeting of the project “Code @ Youth: An Innovative Programme in the Digital Era”, which brought together all of the five project partners from Cyprus, Italy, Germany, and Greece.
The newly started project Code and Youth addresses the issues related to coding and digital skills for both social inclusion and employability.

Programming and computational thinking skills are becoming ever more important in our society and everyday life. The European Union estimates that by 2025 up to 900,000 new ICT professionals will be needed for the European job market, whereas, computer science skills are increasingly required in many different fields, not only in ICT jobs.
In this aspect, the project aims to introduce young people/teenagers 13-17 years old to the world of ‘coding’ and ‘computing’ while empowering young people to acquire the essential digital and coding skills for better career orientation and better skills match.

The kick off meeting was held with the participation of all the partner organizations, CGE Erfurt e.V., Cyprus Computer Society, Demokritos-National Center of Science Research, Futuro Digitale and Emphasys Center. Throughout the whole two-day program, representatives of each organization presented themselves, talked about their expectations from the project and discussed how the aims could be successfully achieved.

During the meeting, the project consortium worked on developing an innovative curriculum with the integration of Open badges. The curriculum will be used during the summer school that will be organized by each partners this summer. Open badges, on the other hand, will be used as a recognition tool by the participants. The partners also discussed the online platform, which will be created via MOODLE, to be used by everybody that is interested in coding and IT.
Overall, the meeting provided partners with a good overview of the whole project, which is expected to be implemented successfully.

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