EdTech Non-profit organization Code.org has raised $12 million in philanthropic funding. The funding came courtesy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Infosys Foundation USA.
Eight states, 76 school districts and 102 organizations nationwide made pledges to expand access to computer science education to millions of students.
Florida Governor Rick Scott Scott, who made a $15 million investment to increase opportunities for middle and high school students, and California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, who launched a Computer Science for California campaign to bring CS education to all students in California by 2025, also made the pledges.
California is the tech capital of the country and home to Silicon Valley, a leading hub and startup ecosystem for high-tech innovation and scientific development.
“We (California) don’t teach our students the foundational skills to access the jobs of the future,” Newsom said in a press release.
According to Newsom surprisingly most schools in California don’t offer any computer science classes.
With the launch of CSforCA, Newsom is aiming to ensure that every California student has access to high-quality computer science education.
Code.org aims to increase access to computer science education. The EdTech NPO’s vision is that computer science and computer programming are included in the core curriculum in U.S. education, alongside other STEM (Science Technology Engineering math) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry, and math.
It plans to accomplish that by doing the following:
- By spreading the word that there is a worldwide shortage of computer programmers and that it's much easier to learn to program than you think.
- By building an authoritative database of all programming schools.