Main objective is to create Digital hubs in approximately 500 elementary school libraries in Croatia by deploying advanced but affordable technology (*micro:bit), supported with rich content and training. These digital hubs will be used to introduce conceptual coding nationwide in lower grades (1-4) of elementary schools.
This way we redefine literacy and enable kids to adopt skills and knowledge required for the global challenges thus radically improving equality of opportunities irrespective of country's GDP, gender, school systems or personal preferences.
Digital era has made coding, including algorithmic way of thinking and problem-solving skills, widely recognized as the key competency in STEM (and many other fields), that is being introduced into elementary schools' curricula worldwide.
Primary beneficiaries of this project will be elementary school students grade 1-4 and related teachers and
librarians by helping them use and integrate powerful tool into formal, every day education (micro:bit has
endless scalability, sensors for interaction with the environment and possibilities for creative use especially to
connect to real world challenges). Secondary beneficiaries will be: parents, to rest assured that their kids will be
well prepared for their digital future; Ministry of Science and Education (MoSE), to have such a powerful but
low cost, unlimited scalability tool to support accelerated adoption of digital literacy from the earliest stages of
education; Croatian IT Industry, to be more optimistic about future availability of STEM skills for the needs of
the industry and last but not least, society in general, to see constructive efforts in building future generations of
digital professionals and citizens, and valued members of Croatian and global digital society.
You can find more details about project in attached draft application.