Coding is a core skill for tomorrow’s workers. In fact, according to the World Economic Forum, one of the top ten job skills for 2021 is technology design and programming. Empowering students with valuable coding and technology skills enables them to be immediately effective in the workplace.
As the exclusive provider of coding certifications, such as IT Specialist, Microsoft Certified Fundamentals, and App Development with Swift, we’re always excited to see initiatives that help make these skills available to students around the world. That’s why we’re so thrilled to support EU Code Week 2021. Get all the details about this year’s all digital event!
What Is EU Code Week?
EU Code Week (October 9-24, 2021), now in its ninth year, started as a grass-roots initiative that celebrates creativity, problem solving, and collaboration through coding and other tech activities for people of all ages.
This year, a special focus is being placed on school participation, and teachers of all levels and subjects are invited to join the movement by organizing activities with their students within the framework of EU Code Week. Teachers are encouraged to give their students a first look into the world of coding and inspire students to further involvement by incorporating hand-on activities and lessons in their classrooms, whether on- or off-line.
Why Is EU Code Week Awesome?
EU Code Week offers all students the possibility to make their first steps as digital creators, by providing schools and teachers free professional development opportunities, teaching resources, international challenges and opportunities to exchange. In 2019, 4.2 million people in more than 80 countries around the world took part in EU Code Week. The average participant was 11 years old and 49% of participants in 2019 were women or girls. What an amazing opportunity to open the world of coding to those who may not have that access through more traditional means.
How Do I Participate?
The Code Week 2021 virtual kick-off will take place on October 7th at 5 PM Berlin/Brussels/Paris time. In the virtual kick-off, you’ll hear from inspirational speakers, members of the EU Code Week community, teachers, politicians, and young Europeans – all sharing their stories on how coding and computational thinking is changing their lives.
The remainder of the events will be celebrated from October 9-24, 2021! You can join any number of fun and engaging activities remotely at home or in school. To make it easier to take part in activities remotely, the EU Code Week team has launched calendar of featured online activities. Every day of Code Week, you will be able to browse the calendar and take part in the activities that interest you most. The topics of these featured events vary from workshops on gaming, AI, and app design. Certiport partners all over Europe are organizing events, and we know you won’t want to miss out.
Ready to bring Code Week to your classroom? Learn more about Code Week here.