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2600 children from 21 provinces learned to create stories, games and animations with programming language to be shared with people around the world in Scratch Day, with the support of 725 trained volunteers.
This initiative by Clear Minds Consultants company, Yachay Public Company and the Ministry of Education seeks to develop children’s creativity through technology.
“For Yachay, it is an honor to be part of this initiative, to build capacity and generate a cultural change in Ecuadorian children to be more innovative and develop new creative content,” said Juan Carlos Moreno, Manager of Education, Science and technology, Yachay Public Company.
Scratch training was held on the 21st and 28th of March 2015, in the computer labs of the 182 registered educational institutions nationwide.
“We believe it is important that technology is within the reach of children. Through computer programming children learn to solve problems, not only in front of a computer but also in life,” said Roberto Villagomez, rector of Unidad Educativa Fiscomisional Don Bosco (Tola).
The experience in Quito
The state-funded religious school Don Bosco (Tola) developed the Scratch training with 30 children from sixth year of basic education, supported by two teachers of computer science at the institution and 12 high school students, who trained the children.
Laughing, but also paying attention Naydeline Cushi, 10, a student at Don Bosco Educational Unit adjusted commands for the movement of the character she was creating “in this course we learn to develop videogames based on our own intelligence, this is very important because in the future we will teach the next generations,” she said.
“I am very happy to participate as a trainer for children, because I know there are many children who like computers like me, and are now learning to program, and in the future, these teachings will be useful for them,” said Jhonny Ruiz, 16 year old student of Don Bosco Educational Unit.
Training in Urcuquí
At the Urcuquí Educational Unit, 11 children from various schools in the sector, met for the last day of Scratch training, with enthusiasm and joy.
Daniela Sanchez, 10, a student at Vicente Rocafuerte School was listening attentively to the instructions. She said that at the beginning it seemed very difficult to learn this type of programming, but gradually she had more curiosity to learn, thanks to her trainer’s explanations.
Yachay Public Company trainer, Fabian Carrillo said that the dialogue with children was a great help to share, impart knowledge and demonstrate that this platform is within reach.
Another participant, 11-year-old Steven Portillo, said he is happy to have created his own videogame and that he will teach his friends what he has learned. “Hopefully we can get more workshops to follow up on what we learned,” he said.
In order for this knowledge to be replicated, the organizers of Scratch also worked with school teacher Maria Elena Quelal of Vicente Rocafuerte School in the parish of Tumbabiro, who collaborated for the replication of this learning program.
“Thanks to these initiatives occurring in rural areas, which are often not taken into account, we have been able to share experiences with all the children, who are very excited and are developing intellectual abilities” said Quelal.
The day ended at both institutions with high expectations and children were thankful for being part of this project and said they would like to continue with this training, that drives their creativity. (SA-GM / YACHAY-EP)