The NGO Girls Who Code, dedicated to taking the teaching of programming language to girls and women around the world and to strengthen gender diversity in the area, is not unknown to Apple: Apple had already partnered with the foundation last March, to celebrate International Women’s Day. Now, the seeds of this collaboration are beginning to bear fruit.
From the next school year in the northern hemisphere, to start next September, Girls Who Code will implement a new version of the Swift language teaching curriculum, based on the one offered by Apple in the program “Everyone can program” (Everyone Can Code). The novelty will be made available to thousands of students between 12 and 18 years old (between 6th grade and the 12th grade) for hundreds of educational institutions supported by the NGO.
The basic idea of the curriculum remains the same: younger students start by learning the basics of programming languages on the iPad, with a little help from Swift Playgrounds; eventually, classes go on to building complete apps on the Mac – for the formation of complete developers ready to work in the market that turns billions of dollars annually.
Tim Cook celebrated the news on Twitter:
The Girls With Code website has more information about the curriculum, institutions where it will be adopted and more.
Nice, isn’t it?