Our Stories

Restarting your sessions? Here’s how the Owari Dojo became more resilient

4 September 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Katz is the champion of the Owari Dojo Recently, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Katz — the champion of the Owari Dojo in Japan. Katz shared with us his experience of running online sessions, the challenges his Dojo has faced, and his recent experience of returning to in-person sessions. Learning from others When Japan went into lockdown earlier this year, Katz looked at ways that his Dojo members could continue to connect, learn, and have fun. It was clear that online sessions were the safest and most effective way to… Read More

How the Vsetín Dojo welcomed change and made new connections

6 August 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Petra is the champion of the Vsetín Dojo Earlier this month, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Vsetín Dojo champion, Petra. She shared with us how their Dojo made new connections during lockdown and has started the process of meeting again in person. Petra’s library-based Dojo in the Czech Republic has been running since May 2019 and the group was still finding its feet when the lockdown was imposed earlier this year. Initially, they didn’t organise anything online — as a parent, Petra knew how busy the Ninjas and their parents were with… Read More

New beginnings at the Leusden Dojo

16 July 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Martijn is the champion of the Leusden Dojo Earlier this month, my colleague Sonja and I caught up with Leusden Dojo champion, Martijn. We learned about how the Leusden Dojo is resuming face-to-face sessions, and the adaptations and opportunities related to this transition. A sense of community Martijn is the champion of the Leusden Dojo in the Netherlands, which started running in October of last year. Despite being a relatively new Dojo, there is a very strong community spirit among its members. This sense of community was key to the club’s resilience throughout… Read More

How the CoderDojo community in Japan has adapted to change

18 June 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

In early June, Lucia Manzitti, Head of Code Club UK and Ireland, caught up with Yohei Yasukawa, co-founder of the CoderDojo Japan Association regional body, via video conference (you can learn more about CoderDojo regional bodies here). Lucia learned about how the CoderDojo Japan Association has adapted its model to support the CoderDojo community in Japan to continue to learn and connect.   There are currently more than 210 CoderDojo clubs in Japan. As the coronavirus pandemic began to develop earlier this year, Yohei and the CoderDojo Japan Association team wanted to find a way to support their… Read More

A group of changemakers!

24 March 2020 · by CoderDojo

Vasu is the Club Programme Coordinator for India with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. In this blog, Vasu shares how a group of dedicated college students in Bengaluru took the initiative to start several Dojos in their community.   I met Mr. Jagadeesh, the placement head at APS College of Engineering in Bengaluru, India, at an event in 2019. Right from the beginning, Mr. Jagadeesh showed great enthusiasm and was very keen to get his students involved in CoderDojo.  A head start on getting students involved It was after a few calls that we decided to… Read More

We’re hiring: Head of CoderDojo

25 February 2020 · by Amy O'Meara

Description Location: Dublin, Ireland Salary: €51,000 – €61,000 p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience Basis: permanent; full-time, part-time or flexible Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in Ireland and able to travel regularly to the UK Dublin, Ireland About us The CoderDojo Foundation is a Dublin-based educational charity that works to give every child the opportunity to learn how to code and create with technology. We do this through supporting a volunteer-led movement of free computing clubs called CoderDojos. Founded in July 2011, the movement is based on open-source principles, meaning that anyone anywhere in the world can start a Dojo. There are… Read More