Date
16 December 2017
Is computer coding the password to better logical thinking for children? Photo: Reuters
Is computer coding the password to better logical thinking for children? Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong’s new fashion code for children

As if afterschool tutoring and music lessons weren’t enough, now some Hong Kong parents are encouraging their children to learn computer coding in the hopes of advancing their logic and problem-solving abilities, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported Wednesday.

At least two centers have opened in the last year offering courses for children in computer coding. One is Koding Kingdom, the brainchild of John Huen, a former chief executive officer for China of a Nasdaq-listed online game company.

Koding Kingdom takes students aged between four and 15 years and has had more than 100 students since it started operations last summer. It also has a non-profit arm Let’s Code to expand the program through tie-ups with schools and communities.

The English-based classes don’t come cheap at HK$300 per hour.

Parents have been worried in the past about children spending too much time in front of the screen so do these companies reflect a change in those concerns?

If it does it could be because of coding initiatives overseas.

US President Barack Obama joined forces with Google, Microsoft, Apple, and dozens of celebrities late last year to promote computer literacy, and to stress the importance of coding skills among youth worldwide.

British Prime Minister David Cameron also launched a primary school computer coding curriculum last year.

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