The ICT Minister, Karen Abudinen, announced at the Governors’ Summit that in March of 2021, an official launch of the fourth phase of the initiative “Programming for boys and girls” will be taking place with the assistance of the British Council. This alliance was created in 2020, with the purpose of training 8,500 teachers from all over Colombia in computational thinking. As a space to share knowledge with 500,000 school boys and girls in Colombia to reduce the talent gap in the tech industry.
This idea will be displayed with the “micro:bit” implementation, a programmable pocket microcomputer. Aiming to develop creativity, problem-solving, and programming skills in young children to reduce the talent gap in the industry.
Betting for a generation of new talents.
Promoting education in the technology industry, an investment of 2.5million dollars for 2021 was set up by the ICT Ministry. Abling to train a new generation of 8,500 public school teachers and support those who were trained last year.
“The objective of this program is to have teachers from all regions, to be that link with young boys and girls so that new development opportunities can arise at the Colombian ground”Karen Abudinen, ICT Ministry
As a result, the ICT Ministry has strongly committed to surpassing the talent gap of more than 112,000 programmers by 2025. With the guidance of the National Education Ministry, according to a study carried out by the consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Therefore, Minister Abudinen has been directly involved in speaking with the country´s governors to promote this initiative. Making Colombia one of the nations with the greatest technological development in the region.
Supporting educational access to reduce the talent gap in the tech industry.
Continuing with the initiative of the ICT ministry, the call for the Digital Educational Environments project was also initiated with one from Computers to Educate. This will help to ensure high-quality education standards inside the Colombian territory. The investment for these projects will be 3million dollars to impact 4,000 decent people and at least 40,000 students.
The implementation of the plan will be done through the delivery of 250 venues with STEM labs. So that knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics can be stimulated. Lastly, the providing of 800 Maker Kit for educational sites will make part of it.
Original article by mintic.gov.co: https://rb.gy/ougmpn