Computer Science (CS) education is critical to preparing students for the new global economy, but unfortunately many young people lack the opportunity to develop these technical skills. As part of our commitment to help one million Europeans find jobs or grow their businesses by 2020 and to train 10 million Africans by 2022, we want to change that.
That’s why this October, we supported Europe Code Week for the fifth consecutive year, and Africa Code Week for the third consecutive year, funding 76 education organizations in 33 countries. Over the course of the two weeks, we worked with 166,000 students (56% of whom were girls) and 4,600 teachers to help them develop the skills to get involved in computer science.
This year at Europe Code Week, a grassroots movement started by the European Commission, we funded 25 organizations in 21 countries which all together inspired 77,000 students in computer science.
- ukCheshire East Libraries ran workshops designed to encourage kids to engage with computer science. The results were a real catalyst for staff, who have gained the confidence to now run their own Code Clubs in Alsager and Bollington, with other libraries planning to launch additional Code Clubs soon.
In Africa, we joined forces with SAP and Africa Code Week to fund 53 organizations and grassroots groups across 11 countries. Over 107,000 students were able to explore computer science through a variety of fun and interactive workshops.
- 1Tych Zoe Global Network organized coding workshops for 871 students at several schools in Nigeria as part of Africa Code Week 2018.
We’re glad to have helped these students gain coding experience in Europe and Africa and look forward to inspiring even more students in 2019.