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Digital Education Action Plan - Action 6 EU Code Week in schools

Getting more schools involved in EU Code Week

What

The action aims to encourage more primary, secondary and vocational schools to take part in EU Code Week.

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

Why

1 out of 5 young people does not have basic digital skills.

90% of all jobs require at least basic digital skills today.

Coding fosters logical thinking, problem solving, and creativity.

EU Code Week celebrates creating with code. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn. The initiative was launched in 2013 by the Young Advisors for the Digital Agenda for Europe. Code Week gives every European the opportunity to discover coding and have fun with it. It promotes computational thinking and the ability to become creators rather than passive users of digital technologies.

Since 2013, participation in this initiative evolved as follows:

  • in 2013: 10,000 people, 3,000 events in 26 countries;
  • in 2014: 150,000 people, 4,200 events, 36 countries;
  • in 2015: 580,000 people, 7,600 events, 46 countries;
  • in 2016: 970,000 people, 20,000 events, +50 countries.

In 2017 Malta, Italy, Estonia and Poland had the most EU Code Week events per capita. In absolute numbers, Italy (+16,000) and Poland (2,400) had the most events with a high involvement of schools. Bringing Code week to schools in other countries could enhance much wider participation and provide most children with equal opportunities in developing a positive attitude towards coding, computational thinking, and STEM.

How

The goal is to encourage 50% of schools in Europe to take part in EU Code Week by 2020.

As part of the Digital Single Market strategy, the Commission supports EU Code Week and other independent initiatives which aim to boost digital skills, including programming, for a range of different target groups.

When

EU Code week takes place every year for two weeks. In 2018, EU Code week is from 6 to 21 October.

How to get involved?

EU Code Week aims at celebrating coding and digital creativity and boosting interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Everyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a coding class or event and add it to the CodeWeek.eu map.