A new CoderDojo opens in Bosnia and Herzegovina!
We heard out about CoderDojo initially through the Dojo that runs in Timisoara, Romania. After we heard about what they had been doing and the local benefits we decided to organise our own Dojo in Sarajevo. During the summer, kids are free from school so we felt this was a great time for them to learn coding! Our first Dojo event had 130 participants. At the Dojo, Ninjas learned to code in Python. Twenty of the CoderDojo Mentors are students from the University of Sarajevo. We held Dojo events at the Faculty Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Faculty of Electrical Engineering (both from University of Sarajevo).
Our initial series of sessions at CoderDojo Sarajevo started on July 31st and ended on August 24th. Kids worked in groups of 15 and they had 24 hours of coding over the four weeks (2 x 3hours per week). At the beginning of the Dojo we invited kids with parents where we introduced with CoderDojo project and learning plan. Kids and parents we delighted with this opportunity to learn basics of coding for free.
At the moment, we are planning our next Dojo events in Sarajevo and new clubs in other cities of Bosnia and Herzegovina. We already receive inquires form potential future CoderDojo champions from people in other cities which want to organise their Dojo. In order to make it easier for them, we are preparing a CoderDojo guide in our local language.
Our Dojo is supported by Bit Alliance, the leading association of software industry companies in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It gathers 14 biggest software companies which employ more than 1400 employees. For more see our Dojo Facebook page here and Zen page here.