EU Code Week is being marked this week, with events being organised by stakeholders in coding across Europe and beyond. The initiative, a grass-roots movement supported by the European Commission, aims to raise the profile of coding and motivate people to get creative and learn to code.
Started in 2013, EU Code Week promotes programming to address shortages in coding skills, and enable people to build valuable competences that can open doors to new opportunities. Describing the initiative, EU Code Week volunteer coordinator, Alessandro Bogliolo said, “From the beginning of time we did many things using stone, iron, paper and pencil that have transformed our lives. Now we live in a different era where our world is moulded in code. Different eras have different jobs and skills demand. During Code Week we want to give every European the opportunity to discover coding and have fun with it. Let’s learn coding to shape our future.”
ECDL Foundation supports EU Code Week, and is active in the area of developing computing skills. Our Computing module, launched in February 2017, helps people build skills in computational thinking and coding, while our recent position paper, ‘Creating the Future’, sets out our vision for how computing and digital skills should be taught in schools.
Read our blog post on why it is essential for every young person to develop well-rounded computing skills.