To ensure all young people have the opportunity to learn computer science (CS), it’s critical that educators are prepared and supported to teach with confidence and competence. Today we’re announcing grants to 31 universities and nonprofit organizations across 16 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa to provide professional development for CS educators. These grants are part of Grow with Google’s commitment to train and equip teachers with the right skills to prepare the future workforce.
As digital technologies continue to evolve at an increasingly faster rate, it’s predicted that 21 million new jobs will be created in the next 10 to 15 years. CS has a crucial role in equipping students with the technical skills to embrace these new opportunities and career choices. CS education includes design, data, algorithms and the study of computer systems, while also promoting crucial skills such as collaboration, problem-solving and creativity. We believe every student should have the opportunity to learn CS; with that comes the responsibility of preparing teachers to deliver a CS curriculum with competence and confidence.
The grants announced today will enable research institutions, universities, and educational nonprofits to develop professional development (PD) programs specifically for CS teachers—those already teaching the subject and those completely new to the field. Through these PD programs, teachers will be able to grow their skills and knowledge to provide an exemplary educational experience for their students. Over the coming year, the 31 awardees in EMEA will provide a combined 500 hours of professional learning opportunities for 10,000 primary, secondary and pre-service teachers.
The funding announced today will support professional development for 80 Computer science teachers in the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Eastern and Central regions of Ghana as agents of social innovations through technology. The first phase train teachers in programming using Scratch and Google design through interactive workshops. Teachers will then be tasked with organising a CS learning activity with students and will guide students to complete assigned projects aimed at addressing social and environmental challenges. The overall goal is to equip teachers to effectively meet the deliverables set out in the ICT syllabus of the Ghana education services. In 2016, Centre for Social Innovations was awarded a similar grant in partnership with Hapaweb Foundation to implement the Computer Science for Social Innovation (CS4SI) project as part of Google’s Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) Program which supported educational institutions and non-profits worldwide to improve high school students and teachers interest in computer science.
Read the full Google Press Release here: https://bit.ly/2x7TlgZ