Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. recently launched its first junior coding boot camp titled Coding for Kids. Committed to increase access to education by offering ICT-enabled education to vulnerable groups, Samsung kicked off its first lecture for the pioneering class of Grade 5 students of EM’s Signal Village Elementary School (ESVES) in Taguig City.
The six-month learning program aims to make computer science education more accessible to the Filipino youth. To make this possible, Samsung has partnered with Code.org, a non-profit digital educational platform dedicated to expanding access to computer science schools and increasing participation from underrepresented sectors.
“We are honored to be back here after two years and meet the pioneering batch of Samsung Junior Coders as we officially launch our first Coding for Kids program in the Philippines,” said Kevin Lee, Country Managing Director of Samsung Philippines. “As the world leader in consumer technology, we can help enable future innovators and engineers by providing them with resources they need to enhance their access to computer science education.”
Samsung executives, Department of Education officials, and Taguig city officials led by Mayor Laarni Cayetano were on hand for the ribbon-cutting and Memorandum of Agreement signing.
The excitement and joy of the ESVES students during the first day of the course was infectious. Each was eager to learn and explore the interactive lessons laid out for them. This fun-filled day of coding for the first time as they familiarize themselves with the basics would be one they won’t soon forget.
Part of a global initiative, Coding for Kids will be soon rolled out across the country with hopes to bolster the digital skills program and improve its content.