Code.org is an NGO born in the United States in 2013 whose mission is that every student in every school in the world learns to program, just as they learn another subject such as mathematics, algebra or biology.
For this organization, computational thinking fosters the skills that the jobs of the future will demand, such as logic, problem solving, critical thinking or creativity, and computer programming is an interesting discipline as part of the general culture in the digital society.
Botín recalled that it is important for all of us to help change the mentality to further promote scientific vocations and for boys and girls to be in contact with these disciplines from a young age. “This will open up many more possibilities for them in the future, being able to work in companies that are changing the world, whether they are small, medium or large companies”.
According to Code.org, despite the fact that programming is a key skill in the world we live in, there are four gaps that slow down its learning: the high rate of ignorance by society, the low participation of women in STEM careers , the technological gap and little training of teachers and the problem that many companies have when it comes to filling certain vacancies due to a lack of profiles with the required technical qualification.
The president of Banco Santander thus joins this global movement supported by world leaders -political, institutional, economic and social- such as Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Bill Clinton, Justin Trudeau, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Susan Wojcicki, Sheryl Sandberg, BONO, Malala, or Richard Branson, among many others. In Spain, she has the support of personalities such as the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, the four former presidents, ministers, as well as presidents and CEOs of large companies, journalists and artists.
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Ana Botín joins the international support for Code.org to teach programming to children around the world