A record 4 million people across 79 different countries participated in Code Week 2021, the European Commission announced today (January 24). The initiative, run almost entirely by volunteers, was started in 2013 as a way to empower young people to understand how technology plays a role in society. The Commission supports the movement through its Digital Single Market strategy and as part of Europe’s Digital Decade.
By 2030, the Commission aims for 80% of European adults to have basic digital skills as well as 20 million ICT specialists employed across Europe. Schools are highly encouraged to join the initiative through the European Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan. The goal of including schools is to help young people master the basics of coding and computational thinking.
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