Start Date: 01-07-2015
End Date: 01-07-2017
"Coding for Young People" addresses the issue of current underdevelopment of ICT skills among young people, especially girls who are underrepresented in STEM careers. As the European Union adopted the Europe 2020 strategic framework, it became clear that competitiveness and innovation is directly linked to the use of information and communication technologies (ICT). There is a consensus about the crucial importance of e-skills – their shortages, mismatches and digital divide affect negatively EU growth, innovation, competitiveness and social cohesion.
New technologies are developing rapidly, so that news skills have to be acquired and constantly updated. The project is aimed at transferring and implementing innovative practices in the field of programming in non-formal education system at the European level. The aim of the study is diagnosis of opportunities to acquire digital competences through non-formal education -especially computer programming throughout the EU. It will investigate to what extent young people in the selected countries have access to non-formal digital education and what is the impact of non-formal initiatives on digital competences improvement. During the second phase of this 2-year project, the partners will work together to directly involve youth workers and youngsters in existing initiatives, in order to foster the improvement of their competences in programming. A joint staff training event will be organised for the youth workers of the partners’ organisations involving the experts and organisations identified in the networking phase: this will lead to the transfer of adapted best practices in the partner’s organisations.
- To develop a network of partners actively involved in promoting ICT skills among relevant stakeholders;
- To exchange knowledge and good practices between partners and relevant stakeholders;
- To promote organizations actively supporting development of programming skills and extremely skilled and dedicated people who could be role models for youth;
- To engage young people, especially girls, in programming activities ran by partners to address the gap between genders in STEM – related skills and attracting youth workers to adopt ICT tools in their work and develop their professional skills in this field.
- Diagnosis of opportunities to acquire digital competences through non-formal education -especially computer programming throughout the EU;
- Database of public/private institutions, NGOs active in the field of teaching programming to youth in non-formal way. The database will also contain a pool of experts and trainers who can support ICT youth-oriented initiatives
- Joint staff training event
- Young people, especially girls who are underrepresented in STEM careers
- Youth workers
- Public/private institutions, NGOs active in the field of teaching programming to youth in non-formal way
- Consulta Europa, Spain
- DLI – Digital Leadership institute, Belgium
- PRISM, Promozione Internazionale Sicilia-Mondo, Italy
- ATI – Asociation de Tecnicos se Informatica, Spain
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there.