Sunday 11 December 2016

Computer sciences are our children's passport to success in the Digital Age

Ronan Harris

Published 25/11/2015 | 02:30

CoderDojo founders James Whelton and Bill Liao
CoderDojo founders James Whelton and Bill Liao

Unemployment is currently running at almost 10pc across the EU, and yet it is predicted that there will be as many as 900,000 job vacancies across the union by 2020 - due to a lack of digital skills.

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The fact is that there needn't be. Governments, educators and the business community all have a role to play in ensuring that our young people are equipped with the skills they need to be able to fill these jobs and to become active participants in the Digital Age we now live in.

As the parent of a five-year-old and a seven-year-old, I want my children to be able to reap the benefits of the Digital Age. I want them to have the opportunity to be content creators - to be able to design and build the future tools that the world will use - rather than passive consumers of technology.

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