I have very exciting news! Today we are announcing that Code Club is joining forces with the Raspberry Pi Foundation in a merger that will enable us to help many more young people learn how to build their ideas with code.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is the UK-based charity behind the low-cost, high performance computers. Since launching their first product in February 2012, Raspberry Pi Foundation have sold over 7 million computers, and all profits are directed to the Foundation’s charitable goal of putting the power of digital making into the hands of people all over the world.
The chances of finding another organisation whose goals so closely align with your own is a million to one but that’s what Code Club has found in the Raspberry Pi Foundation. We are kindred spirits focussed on bringing digital making to as many people as possible. Working together our impact is greater than when we are apart and that is a truly exciting prospect for us.
CEO of Raspberry Pi Foundation – Philip Colligan said:
“I am delighted that Raspberry Pi Foundation and Code Club are joining forces. We share a common mission to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. With the ongoing support of our brilliant partners and communities of educators and volunteers, we look forward to achieving much greater impact in the future.”
I’d like to reassure you that everything you love about Code Club will remain. We’ll still be focussing our energy on working with volunteers to create Code Clubs and supporting them in their journey. We’ve always created projects that can be used on as many platforms and devices as possible and we’ll continue to do that. It will never be a requirement to have a Raspberry Pi to run a Code Club.
Code Club has come a very long way since April 2012 when we made our first plans for a nationwide network of after school coding clubs. I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would grow to this size and reach so many children. The truth is that Code Club would never have succeeded if it weren’t for the commitment of our volunteers and teachers who run Code Clubs every week across the country and the hard work of our staff who have tirelessly provided support and encouragement to all our volunteers.
I would like to thank our partners at ARM, Google, Samsung, Nesta, Cabinet Office and Canary Wharf Group; without their generous support we would not have been able to grow such an amazing community. The support that all our partners have shown us in this decision has been fantastic and I am thrilled that they share my excitement for what the future holds.
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