Code Ninjas, the fast growing U.S.-based children’s after-school programme and camp has announced that franchisee Adnan Hussain will be opening the eleventh UK Code Ninjas centre in West London.
David Graham, co-founder and chief executive of Code Ninjas said it was an exciting time for the company as it advances with its UK expansion plan.
“We were particularly pleased to welcome the first British franchisees to our training facility in the states in January. It’s been wonderful to share in their franchise journey since we met them last year and I can’t wait to see where they take their franchises in 2020,” said Graham.
Code Ninjas’ new UK franchisees have undertaken training at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas, in preparation of opening their centres, the first of which will open in Pinner, Greater London.
Hussain, an experienced data and analytics professional who has spent over 20 years working on company flagship data programmes in the UK and U.S. said that the franchise appealed to him for all manner of reasons.
He explains: “The brand’s success in the U.S. and Canada stood out for me, as did the obvious demand for the programme in the UK. Above all else, I really believe in the concept of helping children learn through creativity.
“I think that what Code Ninjas is doing for the landscape of children’s coding education is integral to helping our kids thrive in such a digital world. Plus, my own children love puzzles and games. They’re five and seven, so the perfect ages to become my first students.
“Skills such as analytical thinking, applying logic, understanding data and problem solving are core foundation blocks for children. For me, this opportunity will give me the work-life balance I’ve been craving for so long and an opportunity to do something I feel passionately about. I’m looking forward to my Code Ninjas journey and where my franchise will take me in the future.”
Education expert appointment
In line with its commitment to providing an exceptional standard of coding curriculum, Code Ninjas reports that it has appointed a computer science education expert, Grant Smith, as vice president of education. In this role, Smith will draw on his years in teaching and curriculum writing to enhance and expand the learning opportunities offered at each Code Ninjas centre.
Welcoming Smith to the company, Graham said: “Our programme continues to appeal to families around the world and we are investing significant resources back in to the quality coding education we offer.
“Grant’s background in the education system makes him a valuable addition to our central support team. He specialises in enhancing computer science education opportunities for kids and has an extensive career doing just that. We are thrilled to welcome him into the Code Ninjas family as we continue to drive the brand to new heights across the globe.”
Code Ninjas added that Smith’s insight will benefit franchisees around the UK, as they implement the self-paced curriculum to their students.
Smith commented: “I’m excited to be part of a rapidly growing, global company that shares my passion for teaching computer science to the younger generation and beyond.
“Code Ninjas is revolutionising the way that kids learn to code, giving them a chance to gain valuable life skills in a way that’s fun, using video games. I am so excited to be part of the movement and to make an impact on young learners around the world.”