Start & End Date: September 2016 to November 2017
Place: Erfurt, Lefkosia
Participating Countries: Cyprus, Greece, Germany, Italy
Project Partners: Cyprus Computer Society (CY), National Center For Scientific Research “Demokritos” (EL), Futuro Digitale (IT), A & A Emphasys Interactive Solutions Ltd (CY)
Number of Participants: 100 participants
Grant Giver: Erasmus+
Funding Program: Key Action 2, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for Youth
Grant Amount: 147,980 EUR
Programming and computational thinking skills are becoming ever more important in our society and working life. The project comes to address the recommendation of the recent EC Report titled “New priorities for EU cooperation ET 2020” Report (COM15), which stresses that “knowing how to code is empowering. It allows to understand the digital world we live in and to shape it. Basic coding skills are essential for accessing the jobs of tomorrow and today” and for achieving a better skills-match between education and the world of work. “Coding is seen as the red thread that runs through future professions”.
The project opens up new routes into not only teaching coding and programming to teenagers, but also to open up their career options in order to initially have a first hand experience of the various field of computing and then choose to study in a related topic. Summer time, has been seen as an opportunity to offer an innovative and interactive programme for teaching coding to teenagers, but also to explore the field of computing for a better career guidance bridging skills gap between education and the labour market.
Kick-off Meeting to prepare the project, held from the 5th till 14th of October in Erfurt, Germany.
Number of participants: 5
Profile of participants: Partner Project Coordinators.
The methodology to be used through all stages will be based on competent management and effective monitoring of the scheduled activities, on-going assessment and evaluation of project outcomes, rigorous quality management and appropriate dissemination activities to generate awareness of the aims and objectives of the project.
In preparation of the proposal the consortium has done some preliminary research that identified the following:
- According to the 2015 Eurydice Report, 11-13 weeks per year in CY, GR and IT are utilized in any way for the benefit of the students, while MS complain of the insufficient national results presented by PISA (2013). Evidence suggests that young people (14-18 yrs) are offered more opportunities to participate in recreation and camp programs (i.e. sports), whereas programs related to the acquisition of specific ‘academic’ competences are limited.
- Over the last couple of years, many scattered initiatives were taken in partner countries (CY, GR, IT, DE) to promote digital acquisition and coding through non-formal learning and in particular through volunteering youth work provided in NGOs, Youth Centers, Councils etc. Although in some case, ICT professionals were highly involved, these initiatives failed to expand.