Emirates Talent Association launches Local Programmer to boost technology education among children

DUBAI, 14th January, 2017 (WAM) � The Emirates Talent Association officially launched the “Local Programmer” initiative in co-operation with the UAE-based Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, HBMSU, and software giant Microsoft.

The initiative will help boost national efforts aimed to achieve the goals of the UAE Vision 2021. These include harnessing the potential of local human capital and investing in promising talents for innovation, leadership and knowledge in a bid to make the UAE one of the world’s most advanced countries.

The programme was launched in the presence of Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Chairman of HBMSU’s Board of Governors, and Chairman of the Emirates Talent Association.

The Local Programmer initiative has gained remarkable traction, and will provide training on programming through designing games, building digital and electronic applications using Microsoft software and Cloud Campus platform to talented students aged between 7 and 15 years. The new programme is like a gateway that will enable students to master programming and computational thinking, acquire basic skills of developing applications and games, and write software codes in TouchDevelop and Kodu languages.

Students can opt for an online self-learning system via Cloud Campus, using any modern Internet browser on smartphones, tablets and PCs, or they can learn in the classroom. The new programme will also conduct training workshops on Saturdays starting from 14th January and will continue till 11th February. These workshops will be based on “Blended Learning,” which is adopted by HBMSU, as well as virtual activities via Cloud Campus.

“The Local Programmer reflects the success of the Emirates Talent Association in embodying the visions related to investment in local human talent. It is in accordance with a methodology that aims to instil creativity and innovation among the youths in line with the goals of the National Innovation Strategy in order to make the UAE one of the world’s top 10 countries in innovation by 2021,” Tamim said while commenting on the new initiative.

“We believe that nurturing young talents through innovative education is a major goal for the UAE. So we are working hard on initiatives that would stimulate innovation and help students overcome challenges while providing them with the latest tools, advanced educational programmes and training courses under the supervision of IT professionals to hone their skills for the future,” said Samer Abu-Latif, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf.

Source: Emirates News Agency