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Sino Group’s ‘Go Code Project’
Offers over 20K code-writing training hours to underprivileged children
Organised by Sino Group (the Group), the ‘Go Code Project’ provides free coding courses for children from underprivileged families to help unleash their creativity for a brighter future. Since its launch 4 years ago, the programme has offered close to 1,000 Primary 4 to 6 students a learning opportunity. The Group held a graduation ceremony today at Olympian City. Mr Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, Mr Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman of Sino Group, and Ms Nikki Ng, Group General Manager of Sino Group officiated at the graduation ceremony and encouraged the students to keep striving forward with their knowledge in technology and innovation for the upward mobility opportunity.


Arousing curiosity with the ‘Happy Discovery’ learning style

The ‘Go Code Project’ which was held from July to December 2017 served the students who lived in Kwun Tong, Sham Shui Po, Yau Tsim Mong, Tuen Mun, Yuen Long and Tin Shui Wai. The programme has provided over 20,000 course hours since its launch in 2014, helping close to 1,000 graduates to master basic coding knowledge to design simple online games and lifestyle smartphone apps. Upon the belief of creating a ‘Happy Discovery’ learning experience, the programme arouses students’ curiosity about technology, cultivates their independent thinking and self-directed learning skills. The ‘Go Code Project’ comprises four stages, namely Junior Course, Intermediate Course, Advanced Course and Coding 2.0, to help students acquire coding knowledge with step-by-step guidance. Catering to the growing knowledge and needs of students, Coding 2.0 was newly added to the programme to help students apply different coding languages, laying a solid foundation for students to become professional programmers in the future.

Additionally, the programme has also arranged visits to Microsoft Hong Kong office and science workshops, allowing students to broaden their horizon. 

The programme has collaborated with 11 community partners, and has invited university students as tutors, who also benefits from the programme as it provides an opportunity for community care services and practicum teaching experience.

Mr Matthew Cheung, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, said at the graduation ceremony that the 'Go Code Project' has fully demonstrated cross-sector collaboration among the community, business and education sectors.  It has successfully enriched students' knowledge and creativity in Information Technology, nurturing talents for Hong Kong's innovation and technology development. He believes that children and young people will go far regardless of their different backgrounds so long as the Government creates a conducive environment where diverse academic and training opportunities are provided.

Ms Nikki Ng, Group General Manager of Sino Group said, ‘As technology has fully integrated into our everyday life, innovation is the key to unlock our future. “The Go Code Project” offers a free learning platform to alleviate the environmental constraints and provide an equal opportunity for children from underprivileged families to acquire coding knowledge and to cultivate multi-perspective thinking skills, assisting them to lay a solid foundation in the era of technology. We look forward to collaborating with more community partners to offer more opportunities for Hong Kong’s younger generation to equip themselves and unleash their potential in technology and innovation, creating a future of countless possibilities.’


Showcasing students’ work and results with the public

The works of the graduates will be exhibited at North Atrium of Olympian City 2 from 2 to 4 March. There will be tablets available for visitors to try the apps coded by students, including some mathematical games, ‘Banana Bomb’ and other apps. Tutors of the ‘Go Code Project’ will introduce the students’ apps and the concept, the skills and knowledge deployed to create the apps, as well as challenges the students faced during the process. Visitors can also understand more about the 6-month learning journey of the students from the videos and display panels at the exhibition.