Given the new situation regarding the coronavirus pandemic, and the need to adapt the everyday life and thus the education system, we asked our partners about the situation in their countries. Our Gen-D partner from Croatia has sent us a video reporting on how the educational system in their country responded to this pandemic.
Programerko is an association of citizens engaged in the promotion of the development of computer skills in pre-school children in Croatia. The Association cares about the professional training of its members and promotes the creativity and innovation of children in the area of software development and information technology. As part of the Association’s activities, they set up a program for school children. Kids, with the guidance of their volunteers, have the opportunity to learn how to create interactive stories, animations, games or music in the Scratch tool that was created at the famous American University of MIT. In addition, in 2016, they became a partner of the Code Club International organization. The Code Club International organization was established in the United Kingdom, and the Association became a partner and coordinator for Croatia.
Programerko noted that all schools stopped working as of March 16th, but education did not stop. It is continuing over national TV for elementary school kids, and through e-learning platforms for older kids. Both teachers and students adapted to this emerging situation and are communicating via emails, where teachers are assigning additional tasks for their students.