Parmy Olson, Forbes.com
Estonia, a small country with a population of 1.3 million people, punches above its own weight when it comes to advancements in tech. It was the birthplace of Skype, one of the first countries to have a government that was fully e-enabled, and now it has launched a nationwide scheme to teach school kids from the age of seven to 19, how to write code. The idea isn’t to start churning out app developers of the future, but people who have smarter relationships with technology, computers and the Web .
There are 550 schools in this Eastern European country, and as the new term starts this month around 20 of them will take part in the pilot program. It’s called ProgeTiiger (pronounced, “proga-tiger”), and is a public private partnership that’s getting about 70,000 euros from the government till the end of this year. The money goes to course material for participating schools, whose teachers will also get specialized training. A Finnish IT company called Tieto is advising the program.
Why Estonia Has Started Teaching Its First-Graders To Code