HOW DOES ONE SET UP A DOJO?
‘To start with you need to have a ‘Champion’ – essentially the project manager who is going to take the initiative to say, ‘Yes, this is what I’m going to do for the kids of my community’,’ says Guistina.
Step two is building a team: putting together a set of volunteer mentors who are technically qualified plus a few other who are just happy to get involved and get things done.
Step three is deciding on a venue. It could be a library, a community centre, a corporate area – any place that has chairs and tables for laptops or computers and where people can sit around and talk and work.
Step four involves registering the dojo online with CoderDojo. You can then have a Twitter handle and a Facebook page. The champion can decide how often to have sessions. Generally, in new dojos, it is once a month. But once it gets going, you can consider having one every fortnight.
‘CoderDojo has a team of community support personnel that is on hand to answer questions, help you at any time, answer queries you might have… It is non-curriculum based but the parent dojo has a huge amount of resources which is available to get started and move forward,’ says Guistina.
Community forums are also on hand to learn and glean tips and to seek guidance and help. More information, resources and tips to set up a dojo at coderdojo.com