Brothers Hadi and Ali Partovi have launched a non-profit organization called Code.org which aims to make computer science and programming accessible for everyone.
In an interview with Techcrunch, Hadi explained his motivations for founding the non-profit organization. He believes that there are huge gaps in our education system with regards to teaching code and sees it as a “challenge that our country needs to face.”
Hadi believes that coding and computer science need to be looked at by schools as an essential skill like reading or writing and has made it his personal goal to see it given the recognition it deserves. He said: “This is a national issue. This is our country’s sputnik moment, a call to action. How do we prepare our kids? Our education system hasn’t changed in 150 years, nothing has been added to it. This could be the most important thing we could be adding.”
Hadi believes that if everyone could code, even a little bit, they would all be better equipped to get their great ideas off the ground and wouldn’t stuck wondering how the hell to begin their fantastic new business venture!
Hadi is in the process of having a short promotional video made for Code.org that features iconic entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. The video aims to inform children that computer programming is an incredible thing to learn and is more fun than they might initially have thought. It aims to appeal to all kids and let them know that coding isn’t something that’s just for the geniuses hiding out in their parent’s basement getting onto the FBI’s radar!
The Code.org team is working on a deal with schools that would see the video reach more than 500,000 classrooms once it has been completed. The choice whether to play the video or not, will ultimately be up to the individual teachers, but the Code.org team hope that it will have a far-reaching impact.
They are also working on building a database of every single classroom that teaches any type of programming across the educational spectrum. All sorts of classes apply, from high schools to college course and weekend camps. Those who want to participate in the program can check out the site for more information.