EU Code Week thrives thanks to a vast, international community of volunteers. In this page you can meet the members that are active in your country.
EU Code Week’s backbone is the Ambassadors, the Leading teachers and representatives of ministries of education in the EU and Western Balkans countries – the Edu coordinators.
Find out more about your local community by selecting your country:
EU Code Week Ambassadors are the main point of contact for Code Week in each country and help spread the vision of Code Week locally. The Ambassadors connect people, companies and communities interested in supporting EU Code Week. They encourage organisers to register coding activities on the Code Week map, and promote the overall participation in EU Code Week. Ambassadors also review and approve activities in their country. Ambassadors also work with their peers in other countries and meet regularly to discuss how to further develop the initiative.
I have a lot of experience in the field of education, having worked as a teacher and as a coordinator of international educational projects. For the past few years, I have also been involved with technology and IT – for example, I helped to coordinate different activities to support teachers’ digital literacy and helped to increase students’ interest for programming. I have helped to coordinate Code Week workshops in Estonia since 2016.
I have been working in the IT education field since 2010. I used to lead the Estonian national coding programme called ProgeTiiger and I have been Code Week ambassador since 2015. I worked as an Education Category Lead in Insplay, a leading distributor and e-trader of educational toys, robotics and games in Estonia. At the moment I am a producer in VIVISTOP Telliskivi, a creativity accelerator for kids and youths (vivita.ee/en). I am also LEGO Education Academy certified teacher trainer. I love technology, robotics, STEAM skills, and the maker movement :)
I have been working in the education field for more than 5 years. In TalTech Mektory School of Technology our aim was to demonstrate how exciting science and technology really is by organizing courses, workshops, camps and student competitions. I have also worked at primary school for 2 years in Trondheim Norway, where I managed to improve my teaching skills and get some experience working at school. Currently, I'm working for HITSA as ProgetTiger program assistant.
Most of my adult life I’ve worked for youngsters in non-formal education field. I’ve been a youth worker in Estonia and Australia. I’ve also worked as a project manager and later on a manager for one of the oldest and biggest youth centres in Estonia. It’s not until I started a programme called “Vali-IT”, I got more interested in programming and software development. For some reason I always thought that I wasn’t cut out for the field but learning basic Java coding in six weeks proved me wrong – anyone can do it if you work hard and put your mind to it! At the moment I’m working for Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA) as a ProgeTiger project manager which is a technology programme widely targeted at engineering sciences, design & technology and information & communication technology (ICT).
Leading teachers is an active community of more than 450 educators from across Europe. They help connect schools, teachers and students interested in participating to Code Week and encourage them to organise activities and register them on the Code Week map. The Leading teachers hold professional development webinars in their language and are a reference point for other teachers in the country but also in Europe. They also promote the initiative locally.
If you are a teacher, you can find Leading teachers near you to connect with on the map.
EU Code Week Edu coordinators are correspondents in Ministries of Education or other educational authorities and organisations participating in EU Code Week. Edu coordinators strengthen the foundations of the initiative by supporting teachers and schools nation-wide. This includes communication with schools who already participate in EU Code Week to learn about their best practices and share experience. Edu coordinators also support schools that want to participate in the initiative, by providing available resources, learning material and opportunities within the community.
Volunteer for EU Code Week
You do not need to take on an official role in the EU Code Week community to be part of the movement. Everyone can organise activities to teach and inspire people to code, do robotics, tinker with hardware, 3D-print etc. and pin their activity on the map However, if you want to volunteer your time to promote coding and believe in the vision and values of EU Code Week, you could potentially become a leading teacher or an ambassador..
If you are an educator passionate about teaching and learning how to code as much as we are, you can find out more about the role and benefits of Leading teachers here. Then you can apply to become a Leading Teacher by filling this online application form. Please note that the number of Leading Teachers per country is fixed which means that applications are open only for some specific countries at a time.
If you want to promote coding in your country, check out the responsibilities of Ambassadors and take a quick look at the list of EU Code Week Ambassadors. If there are Ambassadors in your country, please get in touch directly with them and see how you can best support the initiative. If there is no one in your country, you can reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.