20/09/18 Commissioner Gabriel meets in Brussels with EU Code Week ambassadors

Commissioner Gabriel met this morning in Brussels with EU Code Week ambassadors ahead of the sixth edition of the EU Code Week a yearly grassroots movement that promotes programming and wider tech knowledge.

The Code Week will take place this year from 6 to 21 October 2018 with tens of thousands of activities promoting computer language and coding mainly in the EU but also beyond.

In the recent years many countries outside the EU have joined or even replicated the initiative, with events taking place for example also in Albania, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Ukraine, the U.S. and Yemen. Also this year more than a million people are expected to participate in the interactive events, including children, parents and teachers.

Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said after the meeting with the ambassadors: "Grassroots events such as the Code Week are essential in helping children to discover the exciting world of computer programming and tech. This year, we are putting special focus on involving more schools in the event and are grateful to our committed Code Week ambassadors for promoting the initiative in their home countries. I especially want to encourage teachers all across Europe to give their students a possibility to discover the vast potential of coding, as it helps develop 21st century competences such as computational thinking, problem solving, creativity and teamwork."

The Code Week is offering free resources and new training materials for teachers that want to prepare lessons on coding, with a dedicated EU Code Week Schools page available in many languages. Last year, 1.2 million people in more than 50 countries around the world took part in the EU Code Week.