Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF) staged the “Hour of Code” event last Tuesday to celebrate its YouthSpark partnership with Microsoft Philanthropies.
The event was held at the Neeson Cripps Academy, CCF’s new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education facility.
The YouthSpark programme is a global initiative to increase youths’ access to IT training, particularly in computer science, empowering them to achieve more for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The Hour of Code campaign is a 60-minute introduction to computer science, designed to demystify coding to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field. The Minecraft tutorials developed by Microsoft and Code.org leverage characters and concepts from the video game to teach basic computer coding concepts within the fun and familiar Minecraft world beloved by millions around the world.
Microsoft employees from the APAC Finance team will be volunteering in Cambodia to facilitate the Hour of Code session and conduct capacity-building sessions for CCF staff and students.
CCF has been running the YouthSpark project since the opening of the Neeson Cripps Academy in February, covering areas of digital literacy using the Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum, which comprised five courses covering computer basics, using the internet, productivity programmes, security and privacy, and digital lifestyles.
At CCF, the first year of the YouthSpark partnership focused on student access to digital literacy and computer science learning opportunities. The Neeson Cripps Academy and CCF’s five community-based satellite schools currently provide computer education to 1,550 students through the YouthSpark grant.