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Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code


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A student volunteer assists a senior with a coding issue.

Libraries in Singapore are helping seniors aged 50 and older learn how to code.

Credit: CNet

Libraries in Singapore are hosting special versions of the global Hour of Code movement, which is helping seniors aged 50 and older learn how to program in the Swift language alongside student volunteer instructors.

The event is part of a larger initiative driven by the Singapore government to make the country's senior citizens more familiar with technology.

The global Hour of Code project is designed to help students of all ages learn coding and computer science, and it claims to have already reached out to 100 million students in 180 countries.

In Singapore, the participating seniors spend about an hour learning the basics of programming, first getting an avatar moving around before moving on to loop integrations.

Although the Hour of Code's participants are unlikely to develop advanced coding skills, the one-hour training sessions could help spark interest in a different hobby to keep their minds active and alert.

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