Denver, Colorado – Liberty Global plc (Liberty Global) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) announced plans to build on its commitment to the Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs by expanding its support for CoderDojo, the global community of free coding clubs for kids. The Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs is a multi-stakeholder partnership that was launched by the European Commission to boost digital skills and job creation through education and training opportunities, creating a pipeline of talent for the jobs of today and tomorrow.
To mark EU Code Week, Liberty Global will be actively taking part in a range of events across its European footprint spanning 12 countries to promote the importance of coding, including:
- The launch of a social media campaign aimed at finding champions and technical volunteers to start CoderDojo coding clubs in their community. The campaign centers around the playful notion that “Kids who can code have superpowers”, emphasising that learning to code is an advantageous and powerful skill for the next generation of digital creators.
- Launch of an industry-led EU Code Platform, Europe’s first coding platform, offering students, teachers, developers or anyone curious about coding, access to resources and support.
- A special EU Parliament CoderDojo event involving young coders from across Europe’s CoderDojo community teaching Members of European Parliament to write their first line of code.
- Direct scaling of new local CoderDojos in Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Since becoming CoderDojo’s pan-European sponsor in January, Liberty Global has helped the organisation scale across Europe, ensuring more young people receive the opportunity to learn coding in a safe, social and creative environment.
Commenting on the partnership, Mary Moloney, CoderDojo’s CEO, said, “The support that Liberty Global has provided to CoderDojo and the new campaign we are launching means we can reach new communities of kids, young people and parents across Europe, giving them the digital skills they need to thrive in a global jobs market.”
Manuel Kohnstamm, Senior Vice President and Chief Policy Officer of Liberty Global, stated, “Programming is a language, and we all know that any language is best learned when you are young. We are excited to support EU Code Week and the launch of the new EU Code Platform. Innovative digital teaching at a young age is essential for Europe’s growth and the marketplace of ideas of tomorrow.”