USA Investing in “Computer Science for All”
US President Barack Obama presented a request to the Congress asking for financial support to sponsor the “Computer Science for All” program. This initiative intends to prepare children to become active members of the new digital economy thus enabling them to be more competitive for the future employment market.
In general terms, “Computer Science for All” asks for three main demands:
- $4 billion dollars funding for incentivizing the States to enhance their local computer science curricula in national primary and secondary education
- Investing approximately $135 million dollars on training teachers and designing computer science instructional materials with the support of National Science Foundation and Corporation for National and Community Services
- Combining efforts from the public, private and civil sectors to achieve higher digital literacy nationwide
The “Computer Science for All” program incorporates a diverse set of stakeholders and seeks a stronger engagement from the States. Some of the main private and philanthropic actors supporting this initiative are Apple, Cartoon Network, Facebook, Microsoft, Salesforce.org, Qualcomm and Code.org.
“Now we have to make sure all our kids are equipped for the jobs of the future – which means not just being able to work with computers, but developing the analytical and coding skills to power our innovation economy.” Barack Obama, President of the United States of America (White House Weekly Address, January 29, 2016)