Microsoft has said it will spend $75m over the next three years to promote computer science education to young people.
Chief executive Satya Nadella said that providing the funding is vital in providing a future pool of talented digital youngsters to benefit the economy as a whole.
“If we are going to solve tomorrow’s global challenges, we must come together today to inspire young people everywhere with the promise of technology,” he said.
“We’re proud to make this $75m investment in computer science education to create new opportunities for students across the spectrum of diverse youth and help build a tech talent pipeline that will spark new innovations for the future.”
Microsoft will make the funding available through cash grants and non-profit partnerships as well as Microsoft’s own efforts. One of these programmes is its Technology Education and Literacy in Schools initiative.
Microsoft hopes to sign up 2,000 tech industry volunteers to teach 30,000 students in nearly 700 schools across 33 states in the next three years.
Microsoft vice president Brad Smith said that the initiative is vital to give more children the chance to learn about computer science.
“Computer science is a foundational subject - like algebra, chemistry or physics - for learning how the world works, yet it’s offered in less than 25 percent of American high schools,” he said.
“We need to increase access to computer science and computational thinking for all students, especially those from diverse populations, by partnering across the industry and with teachers and schools to turn this situation around and change the paradigm for developing a more diverse tech talent pipeline.”
The funding will also be distributed to non-profit organisations in other nations, via the company's YouthSpark initiative, to see that young people in all areas of the world have the chance to learn computer science skills.
The importance of digital skills to the economy has been touched on many times. Technology companies such as Google and BT have backed initiatives to encourage youngsters, particularly girls, to see computer science as a viable career option.
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