Europe Code Week: Microsoft Ireland calls for a holistic approach to improving Europe's digital
At a special CoderDojo event at Microsoft HQ in Sandyford, students head from guests Stephen Howell, Microsoft Coding Guru, and Mags Amond, EU Code Week Ambassador to Ireland and two CoderDojo Ninjas recently returned from Brussels to take part in EU Code Week.
In the early 2000's studying "Computers" in school had been reduced to Word Processing and Spreadsheet skills.
In Europe, it is reckoned that by the year 2020 that up to 90 percent of jobs will require some form of digital skills. Including computer science education into the curriculum in every European country is a clear path to close the digital skills gap.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in Ireland recently to highlight the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects and Computational Understanding to conquering youth unemployment.
“Computer science is now a building block for all modern jobs and should be an essential part of foundational learning in the classroom,”
Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director, Microsoft Ireland.
Progress is underway. 19 European countries have integrated computer programming and coding in their curriculum or plan to do so in the near future. However, there is still a significant need for computer science to remain on top of the education policy agenda to make digital literacy and skills fundamental components of education at all levels. Education reform must happen faster to ensure the current generation doesn’t get left behind.
“Although we are making great strides when it comes to sparking interest in subjects like coding, we mustn’t lose sight of the other tangible ways we can help young people to think in a more digital way. " said Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, "Europe Code Week reminds us that, by opening up more opportunities and teaching coding and computer science both inside and outside of the classroom, we can continue to nurture greater interest and engagement across the region.”
For more information about Europe Code Week, please visit www.codeweek.eu.