What have you done in the last three months to improve your life in the future? In the last six months? Many people get self-satisfied when they reach a certain level of expertise. Maybe that’s the goal they have set for themselves and that is also okay.
However, as Henry Ford—founder of the Ford Motor Company—said, “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”
This is something we totally agree with. And it is one of the reasons why we have been honoured to host the annual Coding Mum Program 2018 for the second consecutive year.
The 2-month long Coding Mum Program is an initiative of the Indonesian government’s Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) that provides a platform for domestic helpers in several countries around the world—including Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Saudi Arabia—to learn coding skills. The Indonesian government’s plan is to have 13 million people in its creative workforce by 2019.
According to Bekraf, alumni have created businesses in various industries that include culinary, crafts and tourism and have been employed in many Indonesian and international companies as website front-end programmers and beta testers.
On 28 October 2018, we hosted the graduation/final session of the year where participants shared the projects that they created with their new skills with most of the websites being culinary-based.
The mentors—some of whom are Nettiumers—and participants received certificates for taking part in the program and for completing the course.
Representatives from Bank Mandiri and Kolla Space, supporters of the initiative, as well as from Bekraf were present to cut the Nasi Tumpeng, an Indonesian ceremonial dish.
So, what have you learned recently?
Whenever you have an excuse to not learn, whether it is because you don’t have time and are too busy, just remember this; these domestic helpers have to spend three hours learning to code on their day off and do homework on weeknights after their household chores are done.
What was your excuse again?