Thanks to renewed sponsorship, the successful coding programme, which has introduced hundreds of public primary school students on the Island to the basics of computer programming, has been launched for the new school year.

The joint initiative with the Hamilton Insurance Group and ConnectTech was launched in January 2018.

Just over a year later, they have already taught the basics of coding to P5 and P6 students from 18 primary schools across the Island, with 314 students introduced to computer sciences to make up a total of more than 600 young people who have benefitted thus far, from the scheme.

For Hamilton Group’s CEO, Pina Albo, Hamilton’s Group CEO, it was a  ‘no brainer’ to decide to renew sponsorship for Bermuda’s public school system for another academic year.

“Hamilton’s mission – ‘We’re writing the future of risk’ – is grounded in our commitment to data science and technology as the critical tools of change in our industry. In that regard, we need data savvy employees to achieve that mission,” he said.

“That’s why it’s important for us to invest in the digital literacy of Bermuda’s young people. They’re our future employee base.

“So it’s been an absolute joy to partner with ConnecTech and to see important computational skills taught to young people in the public schools. I look forward to seeing how Hamilton’s involvement with this worthy initiative shapes the lives of scores of Bermudian children and how it will advance youth digital literacy for the island of Bermuda,” he added.

CEO and Founder of ConnecTech, Coral Wells said: “It’s been extremely rewarding to partner with Hamilton Insurance Group over the past 21 months to see these public primary school coding classes brought to life.

“Many of the students in our programme have developed greater cognitive and problem solving skills and the ability to think outside the box.

“We’ve seen several young people display a strong interest in technology and go on to study at ConnecTech’s after school and summer programmes. A few children have even indicated to us that they wish to become computer programmers or software engineers when they grow up, which bodes well for Bermuda’s future.

“Overall, it means our country will have a more technologically literate population and that our young people will stand a greater chance at success when it comes to competing with the rest of the world for jobs and other opportunities, she said.

Coding classes started on Monday September 16, with up to 20 students from each public primary school enrolled in the programme.

Students will be taught in an interactive educational environment and will learn how to make simple computer games and apps.

It is anticipated that by the end of the school year, they will have all the tools and skills necessary to create their own digital map of Bermuda highlighting local sights and attractions.

Students will be required to complete a final assignment, which encourages them to discover more about Bermuda’s geography and history, as they learn to incorporate digital design features such as labelling, colour-coding, photos and music to their projects.

For more information on the programme, visit hamiltongroup.com.

  • Feature Photos Supplied: Kelly Ferris, VP, Corporate and Marketing Communications at Hamilton Insurance Group, Minister of Education Diallo Rabain and ConnecTech CEO Coral Wells, along with students and leadership staff from East End Primary along with students and leadership staff from East End Primary