Living in a remote or regional area, feelings of social isolation and marginalisation are often compounded by digital isolation.
That's why Save the Children has developed Programming the Future. Based on the extensive experience of James Dellow of DragonHall, UK – whose Digital Theory of Change encourages children to discover, create and resolve issues using technology – Programming the Future provides young people with the tech tools they need to compete for future work and tertiary education opportunities.
Why digital connection is important for young people
The decline in community services in remote towns across Australia is affecting young people, many of whom are already marginalised. Digital isolation is a common experience in remote and regional towns, where household internet access is lower than other places in Australia1
Programming the Future aims to bridge the digital divide facing children and young people in these locations by providing them with specific technological skills, and other essential life skills that help them compete with young people who have the advantage of growing up in larger towns and cities.
Save the Children’s Programming the Future program
Programming the Future builds the skills and knowledge of local service providers – schools, youth centres and libraries – to deliver programs on cutting-edge technologies that engage children and young people, and give them technical skills in coding, robotics, electronics, 3D printing and virtual reality.
Participants also develop important life skills in critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration. And they learn how to use technology in positive ways to solve social issues. The model also aims to accelerate learning by connecting young people with technologists and business leaders.
How we know we’re making a difference
Programming the Future is not only benefitting children and young people living in regional and remote areas – it's also increasing the ability of communities to deliver digital education training and ensure small towns are keeping up. This approach ensures young people are inspired, engaged and prepared for the future.
To become a PtF Champion or to find out more information about the program, please contact:
0427 293 836