Coding for Inclusion (CODINC) is an Erasmus plus Key Action three project in the field of social inclusion. The project scales up a best practice called Capital Digital created by the Brussels-based project partner in non-formal educational settings CODINC took this best practice and produced a formal methodology to bring it into schools. The idea is to foster cooperation between formal and non-formal education to develop inclusive practices to promote coding and computational thinking in schools. The project was launched in January 2018 and has run for two years led by ALL DIGITAL with six partner organisations from Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, Germany and Italy, launched.
The piloting of CODINC took place in schools identified as disadvantaged in Berlin, Leipzig, Barcelona, Nicosia, Ghent, Brussels, and Naples involving 222 secondary school students trained in coding and learning pedagogies in 15-hour workshops in and outside school hours. The secondary school students then went on to teach 481 primary school kids in peer-to-peer workshops with students in 8 schools and 20 teachers involved in 7 cities in 5 countries.
The results of the CODINC experiment have led to significant change in student-teacher relations, social cohesion and inclusion at the classroom level, as well as soft skills development.
The final aim is to provide policy recommendations regarding the adoption of coding for inclusion both at national and European level. The recommendations are based on the project’s impact and address:
(a) firstly educators, trainers and young people (in formal and non-formal educational contexts) and
(b) at a second level, the educational systems, policy makers and stakeholders.
The results of each piloting experience at national level, as well as the coding and computer science in education policy-recommendations, aim to contribute to the definition of a European approach to teaching coding.