Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Romania to welcome new digital literacy plans for schools

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Between July and August 2017, at least four countries announced new national plans for teaching computer science in schools. According to Code.org most recent newsletter, the new curricula from Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and Romania will receive around USD 300 million in funding to promote early tech skills development.

Given the importance of information and communication technologies in our current lives, these initiatives intend to teach children how to think analytically and leverage technology tools for throughout their education. An early adoption is likely to shape the way in which they adapt to the knowledge society and will most likely encourage them to further innovate in the future.

A summary of the four new programs is provided in the following lines:

  • Canada: the new program will teach 500,000 kids from Kinder garden to 12th grade how to code. It will also provide training for teachers and will cost CAN 50 million over two years.
  • Ireland: the education plan for 2017 was released to support the Digital Strategy for Schools 2015-2020. It announces up to EU 210 million to be invested in programs to promote quality ICT training for students in different levels.
  • New Zealand: will teach all children before finishing primary school how to code. The program will support both teachers and students to learn how to use and create technology. In total, NZD 40 million will be invested for this initiative.
  • Romania: the new digital literacy curriculum for grades 5-8 will teach children how to program, solve algorithms and create products using ICTs. The program supports both teachers and students.

Sources: Code.org, CTV News, Education Ireland  , Radio NZ, Adfaber