To boost coding for school children, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia launched a CODE-A-THON campaign. Over 12,000 government school students will take part in the campaign.
“We started coding project in January this year in collaboration with SheCodes foundation where 870 girl students have been given training till now. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to make it online. Now, we envision this programme to become even bigger,” Sisodia .
At the launch event, six students presented their animated videos which they made from scratch on their smartphones on various topics such as ‘good touch-bad touch’, ‘saving the environment’, ‘beti padhao, beti bachao’ and public awareness about the coronavirus, among others.
“Steve Jobs once said coding is the new generations’ liberal art. It is not about programming, designing, or creating some videos, it is about creating art. Coding helps you to think, that is why it is important to learn to code. Today, I could see how it is enabling our school children to start thinking. There was a girl who made a video on early childhood marriage where she mentioned that the girl was helpless,” Sisodia said.
As part of the CODE-A-THON campaign, students will go through self-learning modules on coding and will get an opportunity to practise it.