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We’ve always been particular about the company we keep, and spreading the word about Code Club is taking CTI Digital into some pretty lofty circles.

That’s why Drupal Director Paul Johnson was chatting with His Royal Highness The Duke of York on Thursday afternoon at Rolls Crescent Primary School in Hulme, Manchester and helping explain the work being done to teach code to 9-11 year olds.

CTI’s partnership with Code Club is a firm commitment to the next generation of coders - the people we will want to hire in 10 years’ time. We want to have a club up and running in at least half of Manchester schools by the end of the year and we’re well on the way to achieving that.

It was inspiring to see the children at Rolls Crescent school explaining to His Royal Highness what they have learned in Python and showing off projects like the banana keyboard and games like Flappy Parrot.

The Duke had a clear grasp on what the children are capable of and how these tasks are teaching them problem solving skills that will help them in every aspect of school life. Although he wouldn’t tell us if his mum had ever tried her hand at a line of code.

Coding is the new literacy. It’s an important life skill and will open doors to careers in future industries yet to be invented.

CTI is at the heart of this fast-growing tech industry, but it needs children to develop a love for coding early in order ensure there is sufficient talent for the future. 

Thanks to Code Club, children are being introduced to the skills they need to become the next wave of tech entrepreneurs. Among these children, we may have the creators of the next big thing in tech.

“Why do I need to learn code anyway?” said the presenter from BBC Newsround as she filmed a piece with the children in their Code Club classroom at Rolls Crescent Primary.

“Because it’s the language of the future!” they chimed back in unison.

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.

Over 100 schools in Greater Manchester want to start a Code Club. The only thing stopping them is availablility of volunteers. Why not find out more about what it is like to be a Code Club volunteer

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