Launched in September 2014, the aim of Programá tu Futuro (Programme Your Future) is to enable schoolchildren over the age of 15 in the city of Buenos Aires to not only access, use and enjoy computers and associated technologies such as 3D printing, but also to programme them and take control.
At weekends, workshops led by professionals are run at seven clubs across the city, with some 4,000 young learners already registered. Six computer languages are taught. The scheme is open to all state-educated pupils and requires no prior knowledge or expertise. There is also a virtual club for those who wish to access from home. It’s hoped that the programme can, eventually, be expanded to the towns and cities of Argentina’s provinces.
Chris has been writing on travel, tech, sex, food, art and books for nearly two decades. He co-founded street paper Hecho en Buenos Aires, writes regularly for the Guardian and Telegraph newspapers, and is now writing a thriller set in Andalusia.
Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, Chief of Staff, City of Buenos Aires Government
Argentina (Buenos Aires)