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News: Code schools – inspiring children to get interested in technology

As the demand for the next generation of technology professionals continues to grow, it’s important to understand the possibilities of technology from an early age. The Koodikummit program aims to inspire young people to take up programming regardless of their background.

The Koodikummit program organizes coding schools for girls and boys. The code schools have been launched in collaboration with Software and E-business Finland and  Suomen Tiedekoulu, who organize weekly classes for children to teach them about science, coding, and robotics. The classes are sponsored by companies, and Vincit is one of the first companies joining the initiative by supporting the first girl’s coding group.   

Helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds  

The program launched with the goal of getting 1000 young people into the software industry. The program specifically focuses on low-income children to help give them a leg up on their journey to becoming the software developers of the future.
According to the Software E-business Finland group, investing in things like programming and robotics skills is an investment in the future of young people. When started early, these hobbies can inspire children to study fields like mathematics, science, and technology.

Vincit sponsoring coding for girls

The first girl’s group in the Koodikummit program is being made possible by Vincit. In practice, Vincit’s support means the elementary programming group of ten girls can participate in the programming or robotics group at Tiedekoulu Helsinki for one semester.
"Technology is present in everyone's everyday life and everyone uses it. That's why it's really important to be able to show all young people, especially girls, what interesting career paths are available and what can be achieved with technology to build a responsible world," says Niina Mikolanniemi, Sustainability Lead at Vincit. “We’re excited to help pave the way for new generations of coders.”