Camara Ireland completed their first ever training session in Northern Ireland in January. 12 YMCA youth workers participated in a two day training session as part of the Techspace program, an initiative hosted by Camara, inspiring young people to create, produce and have fun with creative media and technology.

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YMCA youth workers at Techspace training programme in Belfast

Techspace combines the trusted principles and practice of youth work and education with the use of technology, as a tool to engage young people in creative learning. The program is developing a national network of digital media ‘Techspaces’ within youth services and schools, working to convert young people from passive users and consumers of technology, into active creators of digital content. Techspace activities include film making, graphic design, game design, coding, music mixing, mobile app development and robotics.

The two day training session will be followed up with an eight week online training course, with weekly support calls from the Techspace team. Free software and subsidised laptops are also provided as well as access to an online support community.  Following training the youth workers will be certified to run digital youth projects, using industry standard creative media tools. The programme enables educators and youth workers to confidently identify and adopt technologies within their learning programmes.

Techspace is the Irish strategic partner of the Adobe Foundation, which is responsible for managing and coordinating the Adobe Youth Voices program in Ireland. Adobe Youth Voices is a global initiative to ignite creative confidence in youth by empowering them to find their voice and make it heard. Techspace sees young people as already being ‘digital natives’, as consumers of technology in their daily lives. This however does not make them digitally literate. Camara Ireland and Techspace are working towards empowering young people around the country to become fully digitally literate.

Techspace was officially launched by Camara Patron, Lord David Puttnam at the inaugural Creative Tech Festival in Dublin in November. “Here at Techspace you see the evidence of what can be achieved when young people are interested and focused. When they’re encouraged to engage in creative collaboration and indeed innovative use of technology”, said Lord Puttnam.

Visit www.techspace.ie for more information about Techspace or  contact Janice at janice.feighery@techspace.ie

For more information about Camara Ireland contact Steven at steven@camara.ie