The 6th edition of the European Code Week (Code Week EU) - which took place from the 6th to the 21st October, with more than 20,000 workshops in different Member States and beyond the EU – gives us an opportunity to address the long-term challenges of digital skills development. Beyond learning the basics of computer code, in the end, it’s about building the society of tomorrow and ensuring the EU’s digital sovereignty.
Computer code is everywhere
In order for this text to be available online and viewable on different media, several lines of computer code have been created. What you have before your eyes is only the result of a succession of computer commands, written in a specific language.
The European Code Week helps shed light on this reality, which is too often barely visible: computer code is found everywhere around us. It is therefore essential to ensure that all of us have the necessary tools to understand the basics of coding. It is not about acquiring for each one of us specialised skills, but rather acquiring a set of reference points, some kind of a prerequisite to be a full-fledged player in our digital society.
Digital inclusion is everyone's business
The many challenges posed by the digitalisation of our society can only be met if it involves the entire population. This goes far beyond the mere computer code which is, however, underpinning more and more our cultural and economic development. It is therefore everyone's business to be able digest the basics of this language in order to participate to the building of the digital society of tomorrow and contribute to the digital sovereignty of the Union. It is also the responsibility of Orange to support this sharing of skills; in this context the Orange Foundation has for example developed specific workshops for school drop outs via its Solidarity FabLab program.
Many Orange employees have dedicated time to let others benefit from their digital skills and knowledge. Whether in the context of a solidarity FabLab or during a computer coding workshop called #SuperCoders, the Orange group offers various schemes to reach different audiences.
This year, the #SuperCoders workshops enabled many children to discover the computer code in a fun way, via the Scratch software, or, to program the Thymo educational robot. We hope that this will help generate career choices in the digital field!