All you need is code!


The European Coding Initiative, part of the EU Code Week, launches today! Join us and explore the first industry-driven, localised online platform in Europe to promote coding education:

Students, teachers, developers or anyone curious about coding will find resources, tools, tutorials, training information on local coding clubs, and much more to get started.

The website was launched today by VP Neelie Kroes, during the European Coding Initiative launch. The event featured a Q&A session with “All You Need Is Code” role models and premiere of “All You Need is Code” campaign video. 6-year old pupils were asked questions by VP Kroes and showed their passion and enthusiasm for coding, demonstrating how coding can be fun, playful and self-learning.

While it is undeniable that Europe needs more computer scientists and engineers if it is to prosper and compete – the number of unfilled ICT vacancies in Europe is expected to reach 900,000 by 2020 – the ability to code is not a selfish industry ambition. During today’s launch event, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes called for an increased recognition of coding as a new fundamental skill for all Europeans as part of a broader digital skills set.
Which countries have coding on the curriculum?
During the launch event European Schoolnet revealed the results of a survey launched this summer where 20 Ministries of Education gave an overview of their current initiatives and plans on computer programming and coding skills in national, regional or school curricula.
  • Computer programming and coding is already part of the curriculum in 12 countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic*, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy*, Lithuania*, Poland, Portugal and the UK (England). This integration is mostly through national curriculum requirements, although in the countries asterisked this happens at regional or local level.
  • Seven countries - Belgium Flanders, Spain, Finland, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Turkey plan to integrate coding/programming in the curriculum. While Norway, which also participated in the survey, has not integrated coding/programming in the curricula and has no immediate plans, but has local initiatives in this area. 
  • The main reasoning behind coding in the curriculum was that it fosters logical thinking and problem soloving skills. Surprisingly, only half of the countries in the survey cited fostering employability in ICT as a reason for including coding in the curriculum. View the full infographic on EurActiv.
What’s been asked to Ministries of Education?
Earlier this summer, VP Kroes and Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, jointly called for coding to be taught in all European schools. Today, an Open Letter has been addressed to EU Ministries of Education. Five leading companies, in partnership with European Schoolnet, have requested to ensure that, in tandem with getting coding onto timetables, long-term training programmes and support systems are set up beforehand and throughout.
And what about teacher training?
How to Teach Computing is a new MOOC by the European Schoolnet Academy, a platform offering free and online professional development courses for teachers. The course, supported by the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs, will be exploring the ideas, concepts, processes and skills that are important in computing and then i ntroduce secondary teachers to the tools, resources and lesson activities that can help teach these concepts and processes in the classroom. The course lasts 6 week and will start on November 3rd. Teachers can enroll at
See the event photos here

Created with flickr slideshow.


More information:
EU Code Week:
Massively expanded EU Code Week: press release from the European Commission
Neelie Kroes’s blog
About the European Coding Initiative
The European Coding Initiative brings together a wide array of stakeholders to promote coding and computational thinking at all levels of education, as well as in more informal settings. The project was created in June 2014 under the auspices of the European Commission, and is supported by partners from the technology industry, including Microsoft, SAP, Rovio, Liberty Global and Facebook. The initiative also involves not-for-profit organisations involved in the promotion of coding and computer science education, including, CoderDojo and European Schoolnet.



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