23 Sep 2018

EU Code Week to take place between 6 and 21 October

EU Code Week promotes computational thinking, coding and the creative and critical use of digital technologies. The week is a grassroots movement run by volunteers across Europe.

EU Code Week was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors for the Digital Agenda Europe. The European Commission supports EU Code Week, as part of its strategy for a Digital Single Market. The action aims to encourage more primary, secondary and vocational schools to take part in EU Code Week. In the Digital Education Action Plan, the Commission set a goal to have 50% of all schools engaged in the initiative in Europe by 2020.

50%

the Commission wishes to have half of all European schools engaged in the initiative by 2020.

The 2018 EU Code Week will take place between 6 and 21 October. The Code Week’s website provides resources to make organising and running coding events easier, visitors can find there different toolkits, lesson plans, guides and other resources. Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a coding event and add it to the codeweek.eu map.

A digital age requires digital education. For more than 10 years, the traditional understanding of literacy includes also a set of digital skills and media competences required in a knowledge-based economy and society. Although conversant with technology, children are not necessarily digitally savvy. In 2017, only 13% of young people (age 16-24) have written a computer programme, ranging from 2% in Romania to almost 30% in Denmark.

13%

In Europe, only 13% of young people have written a computer programme

In 2017: Malta, Italy, Estonia and Poland had the most EU Code Week events per capita. Italy (+16,000) and Poland (2,400) had the most events overall with an active involvement of schools. Thanks to EU Code Week schools are opening to technology.

Get involved at: https://codeweek.eu      @CodeWeekEU

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