Future Skills: a program for mainstreaming coding & soft digital skills into Primary and secondary Level education across Europe and Africa

Today, coding skills are key in many industries and sectors. ThinkYoung has designed several accessible courses to equip the next generation with up-to-date coding skills.

The Coding Summer School aims at building youth’s interest in coding and STEM skills while developing their 21st-century skills. The commitment is in collaboration with Boeing, aiming at bringing more young women into STEM by ensuring 70% female participation rate of the program. The program will include workshops, guest lectures and practical activities to stimulate the youth’s interests in STEM. The Coding Schools will be run by Boeing in Belgium, Netherlands and Kenya. 

This commitment is part of:

Digital Skills for Decent Jobs for Youth

Entity

ThinkYoung Youth organization, civil society, non-governmental, non-profit organization

Technical assistance, expertise and implementation; Policy, advocacy and convening power

Sustainable Development Goals & targets

  • 8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  • 8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

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The goal of this initiative is to foster youth’s interest in STEM skills and to kick-start STEM education for young people with a focus on the gender gap.

This programme is free for participants and it aims at having 70% female participants. 20% of the participants are expected to enrol in STEM education in universities. The impact will be measured against the European Average, which means 9.8% of students will choose STEM at a higher education level.

ThinkYoung will host a 5-day 21st-century skills summer school. During the 5-day training, practitioners will train the students on coding and the use of different technologies for gaining basic coding skills. The students will test, learn and challenge themselves to code and create programs for getting practical experience in 21st-century skills, such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.

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Deliverables and links to SDG targets

  • 180 young people trained in relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, ICT skills and soft skills

    8.6 By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training

    In 2019 and 2020, ThinkYoung will run 3 Coding Summer Schools, which will equip 180 young people with digital and ICT skills to enable them to be digitally literate as they further pursue their studies.

    BY: Jan 2020
  • 1 knowledge products on youth employment developed

    8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

    As part of the project, along with the practical teaching, ThinkYoung develops a policy brief on the current state of youth skills and specifically STEM and Coding Skills. 

    BY: Jul 2019
  • 1 knowledge sharing or advocacy tactics on youth employment carried out, including events, campaigns and media items

    8.3 Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services

    ThinkYoung will share the reports with policymakers and the ecosystem through round table discussions and events to showcase the impact of the training and the research. In the long term, we plan to engage alumni of the school as volunteers during the newer editions of the program.

     

    BY: Jul 2020

Start

07-Mar-2019

End

20-Jul-2020

180

young people to benefit directly from this commitment

Target: Only young people 15-19

Primarily:
  • Young people in urban areas
  • Young women
  • Young men
  • Low-income individuals
  • Young people with low levels of education and/or drop-outs

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