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EU Code Week

EU Code Week aims to mainstream programming skills and boost new ideas by bringing motivated people together.

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In this year's EU Code Week, taking place between 9 and 24 October 2021, thousands of coding events will bring together kids, young people and adults around Europe.

How can I join in?

  • Check out events near you on the EU Code Week map.
  • Organise workshops add your event on the EU Code Week map.
  • Teachers can hold coding classes, share their lessons plans, organise workshops for colleagues, and invite parents and students to teach each other coding. They can find inspiration in the dedicated Facebook group.
  • Schools can take part in the CodeWeek4AllChallenge. The challenge is to get as many students involved as possible during Europe Code Week.
  • Parents can encourage their kids to participate in a coding workshop and encourage schools to be active.
  • Businesses and non-profit organisations can host coding workshops, lend their staff as coaches in a "back-to-coach" action, organise fun coding challenges for students or offer sponsorship for coding events.
  • Share your experience on EU Code Week website and inspire others.

EU Code Week background

EU Code Week is a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week ambassadors.

The European Commission supports EU Code Week and other independent initiatives which aim to boost digital skills, including programming, for different target groups. 

EU Code Week has attracted the support of coding and education movements like CoderDojo and RailsGirls. It is also supported by major tech and IT companies who are all helping bring coding to millions of children by offering coding taster sessions, developing learning modules and helping to train teachers.

In 2018, more than 2.7 million people participated in countries in Europe and beyond.

Following the popularity of the EU Code Week, Africa Code Week was organised for the first time in 2015. Led by a multi-stakeholder partnership, Africa Code Week took place in 30 African countries with over 430,000 for kids and adults participating in 2016.


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