Amsterdam puts €2 million into child coding, engineering skills

Children and technology, digital skills
Children and technology, digital skills. (Chiki jhessy / Wikimedia Commons)

The municipality of Amsterdam is investing 2 million euros into Amsterdam 021 - a program that aims to prepare children for the future by teaching them digital skills like coding and engineering, Het Parool reports.

The program is a collaboration between Amsterdam's public library, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger and Waag Society/Fablab Amsterdam. The program is intended to make sure that no child falls behind in the development of digital and technical skills, which are vital for jobs in the future. 

The program will have several different spots in various branches of the library, where children and young people can get acquiatned with new technology such as 3D printers. The first location, so-called "make rooms", is opening its doors at the library on Waterlandplein in Amsterdam Noord on February 3rd.