The Raspberry Pi Foundation is proud to run a range of youth programmes all over the world, including the largest network of coding clubs in the UK. These programmes include Code Club and CoderDojo, which both support volunteers and educators to create coding opportunities for young people.
Code Club and CoderDojo
Code Club and CoderDojo are part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a UK-based charity.
Both programmes support free coding clubs, for young people to get excited about coding and digital making. In the club sessions, young people use guided projects to make animations, websites, games, and more!
“It’s a place to go to learn really cool coding activities and make friends. I’ve got a chance to try things from Scratch to drones, and even how to live code music with Sonic Pi!”
– Aoibheann, 11, CoderDojo member, Ireland
CoderDojo is for young people aged 7 to 17. Sessions are led by volunteers, and are typically run at the weekends or in the evenings in libraries, community venues, or offices. CoderDojo sessions are open for the whole community to enjoy.
Code Club is for young people aged 9 to 13. Clubs are led by teachers, either by themselves or with the help of volunteers. Clubs are usually run in schools as after-school clubs for the pupils of that school to attend.
Creating spaces for children to learn
Together, Code Club and CoderDojo reach 238,000 children each week across 160 countries. Both programmes are working to engage more girls in coding; we estimate that 40% of young people attending Code Clubs are girls, and that 33% of young people attending Dojos are girls.
How the two programmes differ
How you can help
Can you make a difference in your community by starting or supporting a Code Club or a CoderDojo?
“This is one of the most popular clubs we offer in school. The children who attend really enjoy improving their coding skills, and their knowledge during ICT lessons is noticeably better when they’ve attended Code Club!”
– Kate, Primary school teacher, UK
Both programmes offer great opportunities, and you don’t need a background in coding to get involved— just a willingness to learn some basics! We provide free training and resources to help you on your Code Club or CoderDojo journey.
If you would like to set up a CoderDojo in your community, check out our guidance on how to start a Dojo, or email email@example.com.
If you are a teacher looking to start a Code Club in your school, we will support you to set up a Code Club. Are you looking to volunteer at Code Club? We can help you too.
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