I had the great honour of presenting an award to 12 year old Kathleen Marie Maughan at the Traveller Pride Awards in Dublin today. It was also great to see her feature on the RTÉ 9 O'Clock TV news. Kathleen is a total gem, facing up to bullying and discrimination to learn coding and developing her own anti-bullying App, which has seen her gain recognition at a European level.
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 Marie started learning to code when she was 10 but already she has won an award for her anti-bullying app and flown to Brussels to show European MEPs how to code.
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.
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