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Atos launches Junior IT Club, free programming courses in secondary schools

Atos launches in Romania, in partnership with Edusfera, the Junior IT Club - Powered by Atos program, which will offer free courses programming in schools, for V-VIII classes, starting March 2016. The first phase of the project is aimed at schools in Bucharest and Timisoara.

2016-02-15 17:22:24 - by Bogdan Tudorache

The IT Junior Program aims to organize IT classes that would help students enrolled in secondary schools to develop their programming skills. The first phase of the project will include a total of 20 schools in Timisoara and Bucharest and about 600 pupils from secondary schools. Courses will be supported by 20 trainers under the guidance of Atos.

In the future, IT Club Junior Program - Powered by Atos aims to provide specialized courses in schools located in other cities in Romania. During the entire project, the company will run a campaign to promote programming courses in schools to raise awareness of the need to acquire these skills at an early age.

"The project is based on a real need, identified in the Romanian education system: programming is taught in a few schools nationally (optional course) and high schools (maths-info). We want the initiative to offer more children the opportunity to learn programming concepts appropriate to their age. While over 25% of graduates cannot find jobs, companies operating in IT have difficulty finding suitable candidates, as the demand for labor in IT is three times higher than the offer," said Catalina Dodu, Country Manager Atos Romania.

School enrollment in the project and selection of students will end February 22. In order to enroll in the program by completing the online form, secondary schools and primary schools must have at least 100 students at secondary level and IT laboratories equipped with at least 15 functional computers.

"According to statistics, 42% of Romanian have never used the Internet, double the European Union average, and over 80% of Romanian employees don't have sufficient digital literacy, double the EU average. In those circumstances, the IT Club Junior program project - Powered by Atos is more than welcome, "said Tincuţa Apăteanu, President Association Edusfera.

Courses to be taught in school IT clubs come an adapted curriculum so that pupils can pass through an introduction to programming using Scratch visual language adapted for children older than 6 years.

Students will learn the basics of programming (conditions, loops, vectors, matrices, arrays, functions) using Scratch and also the platform Khan Academy, and then will get to create web pages via HTML / CSS, that they will develop using the JavaScript programming language. There will also use Java and Python programming languages for basic programming and for the development of mobile applications they will use the PhoneGap platform.

With the launch of Junior IT Club - Powered by Atos is available at www.junioritclub.ro, an online platform that features educational resources necessary ongoing support from Atos and Edusfera, a community and a curriculum developed.


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