Hackathon at St George's Hall in 2019
Hackathon at St George's Hall in 2019

Liverpool’s schools set to crack code

LIVERPOOL City Council will join forces next week with an international technology initiative to encourage young people across the city to learn how to code.

On Thursday 16 December the council launches a strategic partnership with iamtheCODE which will see secondary schools and youth organisations given the opportunity to host digital clubs, as well as 18-25-year-olds being able to take part in a 12-week programme which will connect them to mentors in global companies.

The digital clubs will receive a donation of 100 coding computers from iamtheCODE which will support the organisation’s aim of reaching 100,000 young boys and girls across the world in 2022, including 25,000 in Liverpool.

The initiative is part of the council’s commitment to bridging the digital divide in the city and making sure that young people have the right skills for the future. The council will also be ensuring vulnerable families are able to get online through its Get Connected post-pandemic recovery pledge.

iamtheCODE is a global movement, led by its founder Lady Mariéme Jamme, which seeks to mobilise governments, the private sector, philanthropic foundations, investors and communities to promote STEAMD (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and design) education. The organisation’s aim is to make 1 million girls across the world coders by 2030.

Lady Mariéme will visit Liverpool on 16 December to launch the initiative and will visit five schools and learning organisations as well as meeting with Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson.

Lady Mariéme is a UN GoalKeeper on Innovation and is the first black woman to earn the award. She also sits on two global councils at the World Economic Forum.

iamtheCODE previously hosted two hackathons in Liverpool in 2019.

Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said: “We have great aspirations for the people of Liverpool. We are working on many fronts to ensure that Liverpool’s economy and labour market function for everyone and to do this we have to ensure that we develop the skills needed for the Liverpool of the future and that we accelerate the city’s digital employment sector.

“This programme will initiate the focus on coding in our schools and communities. Preparing children and young people for a modern world of work, but also growing the immense benefits that an education in coding brings to a young person.

“It is great to have Lady Mariéme in Liverpool and I cannot wait for us to work together.”

Cllr Tom Logan, Liverpool City Council’s cabinet member for education and skills, said: “Literacy today has developed from its traditional sense. For the children and young people in our schools now, that also means digital literacy. Coding should be part of that, not only to give them a headstart for employment but to give them a skill that they can take into all areas of their lives.

“This is an exciting project for Liverpool’s schools to engage in and is an opportunity to be part of a global movement that is aiming to close a skills gap that could disadvantage many young people in the near future.”

Said Lady Mariéme Jamme, founder of iamtheCODE: “The goal of iamtheCODE.org is to reach more than 100,000 young boys and girls globally next year, so we will be honoured to participate in the growth of digital skills in Liverpool and include the city on this journey.”

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