I met lots more inspirational members of the Travelling community today, including people excelling in sport, music, fashion, business, media and law. To top things off I was given a thank you present of a traditional handmade tin pot made by one of the last surviving Tinsmiths in Ireland. A big thanks to The Irish Traveller Movement and everyone involved in what was a great event.
Watch this great 2 minute video about Kathleen.
Kathleen learnt her skills at a CoderDojo class run by the Deansrath Family Centre in Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, Ireland. Kathleen was bullied for being a traveller and she made the app to help other children facing bullying. It's a quiz with six things to do if you are facing a bully.
Thanks to the Deansrath Centre visit deansrathfamily.ie for help with this short cut of Kathleen Marie's story and for more information about CoderDojo visit coderdojo.com.
Text from the video:
I was 10 years old, and I started going to Coder Dojo
my parents and my grandmother told me, there’s this thing- what to do on or what’s it like and on my first day they checked it they tried it out if i’d like it and I told them, yes I don’t want to leave here ever.
00:22: Hi, I’m Kathleen Marie Maughan, I’m 12 years old and I’m from Clondalkin, Dublin, Ireland.
I live with my grandmother and I have one brother and one sister, my sisters name is rebecca and she’s seven years old and yes, I get along with her.
And my brother he’s called Martin Gerard and he’s three years old and I definitely get along with him.
My hobbies are - I love art, I love art, I love playing and yeah kinda that’s mostly my hobbies.
I like Scratch but I’m on HTML.. So yeah I’m moving on to html and my first thing that was major that i ever ever did when i was eleven years old, I made an anti-bullying quiz app.
Before I started I never had a computer, it’s a quiz, it show six things of what to do- i forget some of them.
The reason why I made the app, I used to get bullied, I was bullied because I was a traveller. It made me feel really sad and angry - yeah, really upset mostly.
I won an award, 257 people, I came second place.
I went to Brussels, to visit the European parliament and tell them about my app, we were 2 hours on a plane, it went straight up like that.
I showed them what I did and they went it’s very, very good.
The reason why I make them is so our world will be a safer world, cos the world is a big world, and dangerous world.
All they need to learn is what the teachers tell them to learn, life.
So basically help them learn life.