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Code Club Goes Global

With the aim of having coding communities in 50% of the world's countries by the end of 2018, volunteer network Code Club has gone global.

Code Club has estimated it will create more than 14,000 clubs, reaching nearly 60,000 children, and the organisation is currently on the hunt for international partners who are willing to offer support.

Code Club, founded in 2012, is a network of after school clubs run by volunteers in UK primary schools and has over 2,000 clubs throughout the country.

Funded by Raspberry Pi and Google, Code Club has taught 28,000 children how to code.

Sophie Dean, head of Code Club Pro and Code Club World, said the organisation is not able to develop on its own.

She added: "Code Club by its nature is a community grown grassroots movement and we're searching for people to continue the movement in their own country."

To replicate its network on a global basis, Code Club needs volunteers willing to talk to schools and raise awareness of computer science in education.

Countries who want to set up Code Clubs can download and translate the organisation's materials, and create their own website using Code Club's source code.

Sophie added: "We provide materials, a website and a volunteering framework.

"We also offer any advice and support needed to grow each country's community. We are a sharing community, so we ask if you translate and build material please continue to share them with us so others can use them."

Code Club is currently in 50 countries and aims to stress the importance of the digital skills that are needed in a range of jobs, including animation, architecture, journalism, music and the arts.

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