Friday, 14 October 2016 - 09:34
Over 10,000 Dutch kids go for world computer programming record
Over 10 thousand school children in the Netherlands are trying to break a world record for computer programming on Friday. The record they're trying to break is one for most students receiving a computer programming lesson at the same time, the Telegraaf reports. To do so kids across the country will be receiving a programming lesson at the same time. About 600 guest teachers volunteered to give this lesson. Prince Constantijn is also participating. He will be joining a lesson at the Amsterdam public library. The record attempt is organized by organization CodeUur. "Today's jobs will no longer exist in the future and there is an increasing need for technical expertise", according to CodeUur. "Kids are currently being insufficiently trained for that. They therefore often lack the technical skills they need for jobs of the future, or for jobs that include a technical component." The attempt at the record forms part of the European Code Week. Both were the initiative of former European Commissioner Neelie Kroes. She spent four years pushing the EU's digital agenda from 2010 to 2014.