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Mozilla puts £25,000 towards UK Digital Makers fund

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Thu Nov 08 2012, 18:30
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla will contribute £25,000 to the Digital Makers fund to support digital learning projects in the UK.

Mozilla joins Nesta and the Nominet Trust to put £225,000 into the Digital Makers projects, which promote computer skills across the UK. Mozilla said it will put in £25,000 of the £225,000 going to the Digital Makers projects.

Digital Makers projects are aimed at helping school children use technology to make products in school lessons or after-school clubs. Mark Surman, executive director at Mozilla said, "Digital literacy is now an essential fourth pillar alongside reading, writing and mathematics. That's the driving force behind Mozilla's new Webmaker program, and why it's vital that we create a 'big tent' of organisations, educators and volunteers all coming together to teach these skills in new ways."

Mozilla's Mozfest will get underway tomorrow in London that will see students, professional developers and academics work on projects that include games, digital learning and, as it is Mozilla, web based programs. Mozfest will take place between 9 November and 11 November.

Nominet and Nesta will each put up £100,000 alongside Mozilla's contribution. Geoff Mulgan, chief executive at Nesta said, "By equipping children and young people with the necessary skills early on, we can help them not just to use and consume digital technologies but also to create them, to be Digital Makers. The payoff for them will not only be more opportunities for learning and fun, but also more opportunities in a jobs market where these skills will be in ever greater demand."

Those local projects wanting a part of the £225,000 Digital Makers funding pot can submit applications now, with grants scheduled to be awarded in March 2013. µ

 

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