CoderDojo Europe Press – October 2015
Digital experts say coding leads to empowerment (and jobs)
15th October 2015 – EU Code Week
SPECIAL REPORT / Computer programming brings “empowerment” to the individual, according to digital experts, who say teaching kids how to code will also prepare them for the jobs of the future.
The European Commission is worried that as many as 825,000 digital jobs may be unfilled in the EU by 2020 as employees are unable to find workers who possess the right skills. To put the issue on the agenda, the EU Code Week, a grassroot initiative, has been launched, with coding events all across Europe.
Alessandro Bogliolo, one of the Code Week’s coordinators, believes that the almost one million vacancies that will soon become available, might just be the tip of the iceberg.
Coding kids share their digital skills with MEPs
14th October 2015 – EUDojo 2015
SPECIAL REPORT / Dozens of children from around the continent came to the European Parliament on 30 September to help MEPs brush up their digital skills.
For the third time, Irish MEP Sean Kelly (European People’s Party) invited the young coders to the annual event in Parliament.
Rallied together by the organisation Coder Dojo, the children taught MEPs how to code, build a basic website and use other digital programmes. More than 40 children between the ages of 7 and 17 traveled to Brussels from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Italy, Belgium, Romania, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK for the coding session.
Thirteen MEPs stopped by to learn from the visitors, some of whom have already been coding for several years.