On the 14th of December 2019, young Cambodian students aged between 8 to 12 years old and their proud parents gathered on the Raintree rooftop to celebrate their official graduation from the pilot coding programmer – Tiny Coding Cats.
The programme was launched in October 2019, and was a six-week programme designed to encourage young Cambodian students to become curious, resourceful and self-motivated leaders. Students had the opportunity to learn foundational computer science concepts such as loops, cloning, broadcast and sensing.
Through the use of a block-based visual programming language Scratch, the programme is specially tailored for Cambodian students using both Khmer and English as a teaching medium, in an effort to encourage problem-solving and critical thinking skills for the 21st century.
One instructor of the programme Nora Viblanc said: “The process of coding requires that we approach problems by breaking down complex challenges into smaller, more manageable pieces then proceed to tackle these pieces step-by-step in a strategic manner; thereby students improve their critical thinking.”
The programme welcomed students from diverse backgrounds in an effort to ensure opportunities for all families, as well as understanding how international digital curricula best translate into learning for Khmer students.