Regional bodies are essential to the CoderDojo movement. A regional body is made up of multiple Dojos, which work together to support and scale the movement in their specific region or area.
Regional bodies come in various forms: some are unincorporated informal groups, others are formally registered as a charity or not for profit in their region.
CoderDojo Formal Regional Bodies
In order to become a formal regional body, groups of Dojos sign a regional license with the CoderDojo Foundation. With the regional license comes support in a more structured manner from the CoderDojo Foundation and license for the body to operate as a non-profit under the name “CoderDojo [Region Name]” in their area. The Foundation then connects all new Dojos in the region with their regional body once they are verified.Informal Regional Groups
CoderDojo also has a number of some informal groups who work to actively encourage and promote CoderDojo in their region. These groups are often working toward becoming formal legal entities or they do not require full legal status at that stage. (e.g. if a body does not need to fundraise to operate or if legal status is hard to achieve in their country.).
Informal groups sign an MOU with the CoderDojo Foundation which recognises them as the official body within that region.
Informal Regional Bodies
CoderDojo also has a number of informal groups who work to actively encourage and promote CoderDojo in their region. These are often groups working toward becoming formal legal entities, or which do not require such status at present (e.g. if a body does not need to fundraise to operate, or if legal status is hard to achieve in their country.).
Informal groups sign a memorandum of understanding with the CoderDojo Foundation which recognises them as the official body within that region.
Meet our Regional Bodies
Why become a regional body?
There are lots of reasons why a number of Dojos may come together to form a regional group; Most often there is demand from potential partners to work with and support CoderDojo in a region, but they require a formal or non-profit entity to work with. At other times, the purpose is simply to connect Dojos in a region, to share region-specific experiences and best practices.