I’m Elenor, I study at changecourse.se, exploring social entrepreneurship and leadership.
I also run the platform https://handlingar.se/ where you can request public documents and use freedom of information law digital.
And in a few weeks you will hear me in Civic Tech Swedens new podcast about civic tech. https://civictech.se/
During this year I have been exploring and researching what tech initiatives there are in Stockholm for children and youth to learn tech outside of regular school as a leisure activity.
With the emerging shortage of 70 000 IT-workers per year in Sweden (such as programmers, developers, technicians https://www.itot.se/2017/11/it-kompetensbristen-en-rapport-om-den-svenska-digitala-sektorns-behov-av-spetskompetens/), Sweden is in danger of falling behind when it comes to digitalisation and internet development. I believe that if we introduce and teach tech to youth early, there is a bigger chance they would have an interest in the topic later in life, and even when “choosing” a career.
I want to start a tech-school that compliments the other tech-initiatives in Stockholm.
Ideally this tech school would:
Teach and use FOSS
Not be on a volunteering basis
Be outside of Stockholm, where the other initiatives does not reach. (And in the future, the whole of Sweden)
Also focus on schools and teachers, change school curriculums to focus more on tech and educate about opportunities of programs for learning.
Some of the question I still have to think more about:
How this school would survive economical
How to teach and use FOSS (and how you only do that?)
The basic layout of the school.
Who to collaborate with.
Please reach out if you have any experience or comments about this.
I hope to see a lot of you at the Teaching Teachers Open Source workshop in a few weeks!