Assurity and its staff are helping to nurture the talent of the future through its involvement with Code Club Aotearoa, a nationwide network of volunteer-led, after-school clubs that teach our nation’s kids how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites.
Code Club creates projects for volunteers to teach at after-school coding clubs or at non-school venues such as libraries. They’re aimed at children aged 9 to 12, with material – including Scratch, CSS, HTML and Python projects – developed internationally and shared freely with club leaders.
With 223 Code Clubs currently in New Zealand – 23 of these in the Wellington region alone – Assurity has hosted Meetups, inspiring hundreds of kids to be tomorrow’s innovators, as well as fostering digital confidence and collaboration.
Merridy Marshall leads one of the Assurity-led clubs out of Greenacres School, a club which has provided a training ground for other volunteers prior to starting their own clubs. With between 15 to 30 kids attending club nights, Merridy says “I measure the club’s success by kids encouraging their brothers and sisters, cousins, neighbours to come along and join the fun. Recently, a couple of boys persuaded their soccer coach to change the time of practice so they could still come to club night!
“Today’s kids live in a digital world and, by being digitally confident, they open themselves up to a world of opportunity – and allows them to become a part of New Zealand’s thriving creative industry. Computers are no longer just for a small group of kids who are good at it. They’re part of our everyday life.”
Assurity’s Yvonne Tse also leads a Code Club, this one out of Maungaraki School. She describes herself as not having a ‘technical background’ and inspires others to volunteer for Code Club by dispelling the myth that you need to be a master coder to get involved.
Rupert Burton has been running the club in Pukerua Bay for six months, having initially volunteered at Greenacres with Merridy.
Find out more on how to start a club, volunteer, offer a venue, donate or to find your nearest club on the Code Club website.