1846. Jatin Gupta
Jatin Gupta, aged 17, from Hertfordshire, is a school pupil and computer science enthusiast who created ‘CodeHand’ to help teach hundreds of children from less privileged backgrounds the art of coding and computer science through his live online lessons.
Catering for both primary and secondary school ages, Jatin’s free sessions on topics such as computer science, artificial intelligence, programming, robotics and problem-solving, enable pupils to answer questions as they follow his tutorial and receive back instant answers. Jatin is also building a global network with NGOs in countries like Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and India to teach computer science to school children overseas.
In a personal letter to Jatin, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Thank you for all that you do to inspire other young people, at home and abroad, through your fantastic coding workshops.
“Education unlocks doors to opportunity and prosperity, helping young people from every background to transform their own lives and change the world for the better. So it is brilliant that you are helping hundreds of young people through ‘CodeHand’ to fulfil their potential.”
“I am deeply humbled to receive the prestigious Points of Light Award, and feel really honoured to receive recognition for my volunteer work in improving the education of underprivileged children across the globe. It gives me a sense of immense satisfaction, as through my work, I am able to coach, mentor and teach those with limited learning resources. I will continue my work with enthusiasm, empowering and helping young people to positively change their lives and the world.”