Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has launched a CODE-A-THON campaign for the government school students. According to reports roughly 12,000 government school students are expected to participate in the programme. The chief minister while speaking about the programme stated that the coding project was started in January 2020 in collaboration with SheCodes foundation wherein 870 girl students have been training until now but due to the pandemic it was decided to conduct the same online.
Deputy CM Sisodia was speaking at the launch of the CODE-A-THON campaign at Veer Savarkar Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya at Kalkaji. During the launch of the event, six students presented their animated videos which were made on smartphones from scratch on various topics including ‘good touch-bad touch’, saving the environment’, Beti padhao, Beti bachao’ and public awareness regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
The students, as part of the CODE-A-THON campaign, will have to go through self-learning modules on coding and also get an opportunity to practice the same. The students are required to take part in different quizzes based on coding following which they will be able to move across to the next level.
A grand finale will be conducted in December 2020 where the students will be provided with the opportunity to showcase their projects.
Schools in Delhi and other states and union territories have been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-9 pandemic and lockdown imposed. Under the Unlock 5.0 guidelines issued by the central government, the schools have been provided permission to reopen the schools. Although it has been made clear that the rules are to be followed and not more than 200 people are allowed to be at the same time in the schools.